May 17, 2020

Automation fits the bill for Atlas Copco and MINExpo 2016

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Dale Benton
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Automation fits the bill for Atlas Copco and MINExpo 2016
The global leader in surface and underground mining equipment Atlas Copco, is set to showcase the companys latest investment in automation later this mo...

The global leader in surface and underground mining equipment Atlas Copco, is set to showcase the company’s latest investment in automation later this month at MINExpo.

Under the banner “The Future of Mining is Now,” Atlas Copco will present its latest equipment all geared to increasing efficiency and lowering the total cost of operations.

Discussing the potential impact of today’s innovations, Johan Halling, Senior Executive Vice President of Atlas Copco and President of the Business Area Mining and Rock Excavation Technique, says he is optimistic for the future. “The global mining industry has experienced downtrends before, and each time it has managed to bounce back and become even stronger, largely thanks to the development of innovative products and new thinking,” he says. “I am certain that the current downtrend is no exception.” 

 “At Atlas Copco, we are totally committed to helping our customers to tackle the present downtrend by offering our extensive knowhow in every area of the business. That’s why our innovations share the same objective – to help our customers do things easier, faster, safer and more cost-effectively than was previously possible.” 

The recent advances made by Atlas Copco in automation are considerable and some have been described as game-changers for the industry. Among those that will be demonstrated at MINExpo include: 

Next generation automation for surface drilling with innovations such as Automatic Rod Changing, smart Auto Navigation, and the next generation of Auto Drill for rotary Pit Viper drills that uses bit information to make changes to drilling performance in real time.

With remote control fast becoming a “must have”, Atlas Copco’s BenchREMOTE remote control station is the perfect solution. The station can be located up to 100 m from the drill hole and enables up to three rigs to be operated remotely at the same time. At the Atlas Copco booth, visitors will be able to experience BenchREMOTE surface drilling using virtual reality technology.

For more information on Atlas Copco’s presence at MINExpo 2016, visit the company’s website.

Look out for our q&a with Atlas Copco in the October issue of Mining Global Magazine – coming soon!

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Jul 17, 2021

Coal India Secures First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Deal

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Coal India Limited has secured a new deal with Accenture Solutions to consult on enhancing mining performance and production through a digital endeavour

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.

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