May 17, 2020

Innovative mining products to be showcased at CBM-TEC

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Lucy Dixon
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Innovative mining products to be showcased at CBM-TEC
Taking place from 12-13 May at the Kitwe Showgrounds in Zambia, the third Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-TEC) will give visitors the o...

Taking place from 12-13 May at the Kitwe Showgrounds in Zambia, the third Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-TEC) will give visitors the opportunity to engage with over 130 leading local and international exhibitors.

Unveiling innovative solutions, latest products and cutting-edge technology, the trade expo this year has an extended outdoor space which will accommodate bigger equipment and more global mining brands with interactive displays and live product demonstrations. “The outdoor setting will allow visitors to touch, test and compare the products and equipment that exhibitors are displaying,” said Event Director Nicole Smith. 

“We have also introduced a Power and Water Pavilion this year as both power and water are critical elements in mining operations. The Power Pavilion will cover all aspects of power including generation, transmission and distribution, sustainable energy and application, which will help mining producers solve their electricity supply issues cost effectively. Leading power suppliers and water filtration experts will showcase new products, services, technology and solutions to the Zambian market,” Smith said.

Ian Smith, Country Manager at Bearing Man Group Zambia Ltd (BMG), one of the show's exhibitors, said: “We aim to grow, support and be part of the Zambian copper mining process. Due to the great success and organisation of previous shows, BMG has been able to promote new product ranges and product awareness. We will be focusing on making Zambia and all its current challenges positive, with inclusivity and open forums of all market sectors.”

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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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