We all know equipment idles a lot, but we are just now learning how much.
At $4 a gallon, letting a piece of equipment idle for an hour is just like burning a $10 bill.
At this level of production, the company said it expected the mine to run the longwall mining system for two, rather than three, shifts per day, and to take short, irregularly scheduled, idle periods to match production output with customer shipping schedules, thereby minimizing a build-up of coal inventories.
During the idle period, company officials will also evaluate mine water disposal issues raised by a recent court ruling that water, which naturally accumulates in the Buchanan Mine, may not be deposited in the voids of the nearby VP 3 Mine.
Idling for five minutes a day in a small car will burn 38 liters of gas a year and release 88 kilograms of carbon dioxide (twice as much in a large car.) For every thousand small and large cars that idle
for five minutes a day, that's 132 tonnes!
"Caterpillar believes that the MorElectric technology offers the trucking industry viable idle
management solutions with important benefits to the customer and to the environment," says David Orr, Cat Electronics MorElectric commercial manager.
The second is termed avoidable and includes times when truck drivers idle
for cab comfort--air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter--or to operate onboard auxiliaries such as televisions and computers.
"You can set our software so when it idles
for more then 10 minutes it will send you a notification.
While not the first idling ban for California, the sleeper regulation focuses on when on-highway trucks idle
the most, during rest periods.
The system was maintained at idle
for the remaining 12 nonproduction hours to minimize warm-up time after testing and to extend the life of the calciner's refractory liner.