Behold the 39 ft tall mechanical miner: MEchanical puppet unveiled to celebrate UK mining heritage
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A 12-metre-tall (39 ft) mechanical puppet has been unveiled in the UK to celebrate the rich mining heritage of south west England.
The Man Engine, commissioned by the Cornish mining world heritage partnership, will travel 130 miles across 10 historic mining sites in south west England from 25 July to 6 August, where it will finish its journey at the Geevor Tin Mine in Cornwall.
The impressive design is said to represent the thousands of years of mining history in Cornwall and the region’s geology.
Cllr Julian German, the chairman of the Cornish mining world heritage partnership, said: “Our Cornish mining ancestors were international entrepreneurs, who propelled mining into a new industrial era on a worldwide scale. It wasn’t an easy journey for anyone then, and in many ways, it is a difficult history.
“Special projects like the towering Man Engine show we still share this same gritty ambition and ingenuity with our ancestors.”
On the penultimate evening of its journey, another huge puppet – this one a Humphry Davy puppet, will greet the Man Engine and present it with a Davy Safety lamp. The Davy safety lamp was created in 1815 to allow safety lighting and prevent the heat of the flame to explode the high concentrations of methane gas found in deeper mines.
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.