Ma-estro targets fuel theft with its new control system
Ma-Estro, which manufactures automation and control systems for quarrying and construction sites, has launched two new products – Fuel Q-Control and Maintenance Q-Control.
Fuel Q-Control automatically calculates fuel consumption and will also alert the owner by email or SMS if there is abnormal consumption – which can mean fuel theft.
“For big construction companies working in developing countries, fuel theft is a real problem,” said senior technician Ricardo di Agostini.
The other big benefit of Fuel Q-Control, said di Agostini, is that you can calculate the average fuel consumption of each machine. This helps with planning and preventative maintenance.
Maintenance Q-Control is a maintenance management system that allows the quarry owner to schedule maintenance and also to record unscheduled maintenance.
“Maintenance can take up to 15% of a quarry operator’s cost,” said di Agostini. “Unscheduled maintenance is usually a ‘hidden cost’ because it is never recorded and by the end of the year it is forgotten about.” With Maintenance Q-Control, every time an operator carries out maintenance he can record it using a touch screen.
Organising preventative maintenance will also save operators money, said di Agostini. “Operators often forget about preventative maintenance so the machine will break down, putting the plant out of action and losing tens of thousands of Euros. Accurate planning of maintenance can prevent this happening.”
Both Fuel Q-Control and Maintenance Q-Control can be used in conjunction with Ma-estro’s automation system, Automation Q-Control, or linked up with other makes of automation system. There is a one-off charge for the software and then a yearly fee if users want to store information on Ma-estro’s cloud; larger contractors often choose to store their own data, said di Agostini.