May 17, 2020

Caterpillar launches 24/7 equipment operator monitoring service

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Caterpillar launches 24/7 equipment operator monitoring service
Leave it to equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. to take monitoring services to the next level. The company announced the launch of a 24/7 equipment...

Leave it to equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. to take monitoring services to the next level. The company announced the launch of a 24/7 equipment operator monitoring service to provide clients the ability to see, mitigate and manage both machine and operator information through in-cab and wearable safety technology.

According to Cat, analysts inside the Monitoring Center will correlate data about the health and productivity of operators and equipment to reveal the magnitude of conditions such as fatigue and distraction and their impact on operations.

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“Our customers want better visibility to the interaction between operators and machines, and how behavior impacts safety and productivity,” said Tim Crane, Caterpillar Safety Services manager.

“This innovative solution offers our customers the opportunity to mitigate risk and improve productivity. No organization is in a better position to provide customers these sustainable improvement solutions than Caterpillar.”

One of Caterpillar’s leading technologies -- Drive Safety System (DSS) -- uses an in-cab camera and alert system to notify the operator the moment a fatigue or distraction even occurs. These events are continuously tracked and crossed analyzed with the operator’s sleep quantity and quality, which is provided through the wrist-worn Cat Smartband.

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The DSS and Cat Smartband are part of the company’s growing suite of tools to assist customers in improving safety by recognizing that some risks are natural, inevitable and fully manageable if made visible. Combined with Caterpillar’s EMSolutions, Cat MineStar System and Cat Vital Information Management System (VIMS), can provide a significant overall picture of fatigue and distraction risk for companies, including the impact on productivity and profitability it has.

“Technology alone is the not the silver bullet for a safer or more productive operation,” said George Taylor, vice president of the Caterpillar Customer Services Support Division.

“In fact, most technologies fail without proper consideration of the organizational culture and a plan to manage change. Caterpillar’s safety solutions bring management and employees together to achieve excellence, providing customers the greatest opportunity for successful implementation.”

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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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