3 Things You Didn't Know about the Liebherr R 9800 Excavator
Liebherr wasn’t messing around when it created the R 9800 excavator.
Weighing in at an astonishing 800 tons, this gargantuan piece of machinery exemplifies the motto “go big or go home.” The excavator - turned beast mode - has built a solid reputation for large-capacity mining operations, capable of handling the most challenging mining tasks.
And while you may think you know everything about Liebherr’s R 9800 excavator, you have no idea. Here are three facts about the world’s largest excavator you didn’t know.
1.) Engine options
Equipped with two massive 16-cylinder V-engines, the R 9800 excavator is able to produce 4,000 hp. But did you know the company offers alternative engine options?
Customers can choose from the Cummins 16V QSK 60 series, the MTU 12V 4000 series, and even an electric powered version. Everyone likes having options.
2.) Fuel consumption radically reduced
While the R 9800 is drastically larger than other excavators, its fuel consumption is quite small. A typical excavator requires roughly 20,000 liters of fuel per day. The R 9800, which is 30 percent bigger than other excavators, only consumes 15 percent more fuel than other models.
In addition to using less fuel, the world’s largest mining excavator provides a reduced operating downtime with easy, safe and ergonomic serviceability. Less fuel equals more power!
3.) Built-in safety features
In terms of safety, Liebherr has you covered. The R 9800 is designed to guarantee protection and security for miner with built-in safety features such as a secured stairway for the top structure, high railings on specific angles and an abundance of service lights positioned on every service point possible.
Coal India Secures First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Deal
Coal India Limited (CIL) has appointed Accenture Solutions to digitally transform seven of its open-cast mines as the company strives to improve performance and increase coal production. Accenture is due to lay down digitalisation groundwork until March 2022.
The deal aims to increase coal production by 100 million tonnes (MT) by the end of FY’23. Once the minimum quantity has been surpassed, an agreed sum will be paid to the consultant for every additional sum of coal produced. This success fee will only be paid on the procurement of the minimum assured quantity.
The move will see heavy earth moving machinery (HEMM) fitted with digital sensors to monitor performance efficiency at all levels. Additionally, modern data analytic techniques aim to increase mine productivity and project monitoring through functional system management and effective observation.
An Exciting Venture For Global Mining
CIL, which aims to provide energy security in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner, hopes the move will help transform the entire business of mining operations and ensure higher volumes of coal are acquired at a lower cost.
“This is a first of its kind initiative by the company utilising digitalisation to ramp up coal output,” CIL has said.
A Digital Step Towards Enhanced Performance
Digitalisation is expected to take place at open-cast mines in Kusmunda, Gevra, Dipka of Southern Eastern Coalfields (SECL), Migahi, Jayant, Dudhichua, and Khadia of Northern Coalfields (NCL). Nearly 32% (188 MT) of CIL’s 596 MT output in FY’21 was accounted for by the seven selected mines. However, this new deal is set to see a large increase following the subsequent digital changes due to be made.
“Learning from the outcome and success of this model, we may replicate it in our other large mines,” says CIL, optimistic about the future following the modernisation of their mining.
It is expected that the move will help address roadblocks and guarantee corrective measures are put into place, ensuring the company is able to move forward with its aim of increasing output whilst remaining sustainable and eco-friendly.