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Datalogger Tailored to Forest Operations


June 1, 2010
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Forestry managers in every region share a common need: to obtain accurate information on machine productivity so they can improve the economics of their operations. In response to this need, FPInnovat…

Forestry managers in every region share a common need: to obtain accurate information on machine productivity so they can improve the economics of their operations. In response to this need, FPInnovations has developed a second-generation datalogger, the MultiDAT. This electronic device can be installed on any machine or vehicle involved in off-road operations.

MultiDAT can record machine functions, movement, location, and even operator comments.

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When linked with up to four sensors, provided by the user, the MultiDAT can record the operation of the related functions. This permits analysis of the duration of a function’s activation, the number of activations, and measurement of a frequency at specific intervals (e. g., monitoring a speed sensor).

MultiDAT comes equipped with an adjustable internal motion sensor that detects movement of the machine, but not vibrations of the motor. In many cases, you can quickly determine the true operating time for a machine without requiring any additional sensors.

Users can add a GPS option to collect positional data and determine the areas harvested or treated. Geofencing capabilities are also available. The data can be exported for analysis using ArcView or compatible software.

The operator can enter codes on the MultiDAT keypad that describe the work in progress, the reason for machine downtime, and the current machine operator. You can customize the codes for your operation and determine the hours the operator worked, the type of work done by the machine, and the reasons for any work stoppages.

Even the report format is configurable. Using the MultiDAT software, select which information to compile and how to compile it (e. g., daily, weekly, by operator, etc.) using your personal computer.

FPInnovations, 514-694-4631, ext. 314, www.fpinnovations.ca


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