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GlobalSim continues work with VALE on bucket wheel reclaimer simulators

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In 2012, GlobalSim was contracted by Brazilian company VALE to create a customised bucket wheel reclaimer simulator. This project involved an extensive amount of software engineering and collaboration. The result was a full mission trainer that exceeded the expectations of VALE.

A few weeks ago, VALE visited 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.

“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,” added Paulo Brandao, Project Manager at VALE.

GlobalSim’s Director of Product Management, Von Colborn and Lead Architect, Stanislav Borodai, combined have over 50 years of experience in software engineering and design. Colborn and Borodai have been working very closely with VALE since the beginning. “The benefit of our partnership is the quality – we have had this simulator operating flawlessly since the beginning (2012),” remarked Paulo.

GlobalSim anticipates to have this project completed within the next few months.

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