Mining Equipment Camera Installation Tips for Best Results
Position and Mount the monitor so
- It does not obstruct the operators view.
- It is easy to see at a quick glance and doesn't require the operator to contort his head
- It is shielded from glare from the sun.
- It does not obstruct the control panel or any equipment controls.
- Its controls can be easily reached by the operator.
- It is securely attached to either the roof or the floor of the cab.
Position the Camera(s)
- Shield the camera from engine exhaust and retarder heat sinks.
- View blind areas to see persons or objects near the vehicle in the front, sides, and
rear , depending on the size of the equipment and the blind areas.
- Assist in backing by viewing the inside edges of both rear tires on rear dumps and the
ground very close to the machine.
- Avoid duplicating mirror coverage.
- Be protected from physical damage by utilizing heat shields, mud flaps, and machine
- Be protected from sun glare by mounting the rear camera on rear dumpers up as
close to the underside of the bed as possible.
Route and Protect the Wiring
- Never running the wiring through access panels or their openings.
- Putting wiring in protected location.
- Keeping it away from hot surfaces.
- Keeping it away from pinch points such as door jambs.
- Following the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) wiring harness bundle.
- Tie wrapping the camera wiring harness to the OEM harness wherever possible with
no more than 1 foot increments between tie wraps.
- Avoiding routing in areas near fuel, fluids and lubricants.
- Fuse the power feed to the camera system.
- Be certain camera/monitor voltage is compatible with the power source.
- Use a regulated power supply to prevent power surges.
- Consult the equipment manual(s) about where to tap in for a power source.
- Shielding the cameras from high heat sources will increase their life.
- Silicon gel on connections will help reduce corrosion related water damage.
- If the monitor shakes during equipment operation, add bracing to prevent circuit board
fatigue and electrical failure.
- Some mines pressure wash the cameras to clean the lenses but, excessively high
water pressures may cause leakage past the lense seals.
- Silicone gel protects speaker openings from water damage without hindering speaker
- Keeping a spare system on the shelf will virtually eliminate system down time