Metalloinvest’s Andrey Varichev Mikhailovsky GOK has launched a pilot project to evaluate the use of wearable devices to improve the efficiency of its maintenance and repair processes. Employees from several teams will wear smart watches on both hands during the working day. They enable the monitoring of employees’ vital signs, while also receiving data on their physical activity. The collected information is compared against video recordings of the work performed enabling the system to learn and, as a result, determine with sufficient precision what kind of work the repair team is currently performing. Device testing is carried out by the preventive maintenance teams at the open space of the mine. Equipment repair management teams are involved in testing it in an enclosed space, at the pelletising unit.
The smart watches are light, their straps are rubberised, and the casing itself is shockproof and waterproof. A special wristlet is worn on top of them. This ensures compliance with health and safety requirements and ensures against the risk of the wearables getting caught during work and reliably protects them from damage.
The pilot project will last approximately two months. It is expected that the system will improve safety and reduce the likelihood of emergency situations, help assess work output and resource allocation, and identify the opportunities for improving work efficiency. Once the project is complete and results have been analysed, a decision will be made on extending the practice to other Metalloinvest enterprises.