Caterpillar brings its latest large mining truck to MINExpo 2016
MINExpo 2016 is just around the corner, and more and more tantalising details are being revealed from exhibitors, making all of us who unfortunately cannot attend smile through gritted teeth.
Mining technology giant Caterpillar will be debuting its newest large mining truck, the 794 AC. Following extensive field testing, the new truck currently operates in four countries – ranging from deep pit copper in western USA to coal and copper in South America.
The truck has been praised for its fast speed on grade the braking and retarding system from operators, while its simplicity and ample access for servicing tasks has also been praised.
With its Cat C175-16 engine and proven Cat AC power train, and its High Efficiency Body – designed to meet the specific needs of the mine (dictated by fragmentation, abrasion, cohesion and the loading tool) the truck is designed and built to minimise operating costs from top to bottom.
So, if you see this behemoth at MINExpo 2016, be sure to speak with a Caterpillar representative – though I’m sure test drives are out of the question.
For more information about the 794 AC, see Caterpillar at MINExpo 2016, contact the regional Cat dealer or go to: www.cat.com/mining
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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.