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Published: 11 October 2017      

Simulator upgrade for Vale Brazil

GlobalSim will upgrade two bucket wheel reclaimer simulators for Vale in Brazil.

In 2012, GlobalSim was contracted by Vale, to create a customised bucket wheel reclaimer simulator for its operations in Brazil.

At the time, our sister publication WorldCargo News reported that these were two of GlobalSim’s MasterLift 4000 Series Training Systems and would be installed in dedicated training centres:

“Working closely with Vale personnel, GlobalSim engineers were able to replicate the critical functions required to effectively train reclaimer operators for normal, advanced, and emergency operating procedures of each machine. The training arena was customised to provide a facility layout that replicates the configuration of the pile storage yards at the Port of Tubarão. Custom features include different pile types, sizes, layout, and specific cultural/geographical characteristics. The system also accurately models the dynamics of the bucket wheel’s interaction with the dig face to calculate torque and power requirements based on material and dig face penetration.”

Vale is now planning to develop the simulators further. “A few weeks ago, Vale was visiting GlobalSim’s headquarters in Sandy, Utah, to design and facilitate new engineering studies for the bucket wheel reclaimer simulator. This requires an upgrade of certain features within the system based on changes in pile sizes, material densities, and reclaiming techniques. There will also be a modification to the arena to facilitate simulation for both Tubarao and Sao Luis mineral terminals,” GlobalSim stated.

“It’s very easy to make adjustments that might not have been seen in the beginning. GlobalSim has been so flexible in seeing our vision,” remarked Jose Silverio, bucket reclaiming expert at Vale. Vale is one of the world’s largest iron and ore producers – therefore, efficiency and productivity are of equal importance.

“Before having simulators, we would have to train our operators on the actual machine which was a loss in productivity. Now, we train our operators on the simulators which has increased our productivity,” remarked Paulo Brandao, project manager at Vale.


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