Sandvik Leads the Charge in Automated Loading
Sandvik Mining is setting the standard for advanced automation solutions.
The Swedish equipment manufacturer, which specializes in enhancing productivity and safety through machinery, has launched AutoMine® Loading and AutoMine Loading Lite. The new automation solutions aim to increase fleet utilization, improve working conditions and safety, increase production and reduce maintenance costs with optimized tramming speeds and smoother equipment operation.
“Sandvik is now the single supplier capable of fully automating the whole loading cycle and this feature is available for both fleet and single loader applications,” says Riku Pulli, VP Automation, Sandvik Mining.
As a fullly scalable fleet automation systems, AutoMine® Loading automatically manages and optimizes loader traffic, as well as full automates the production loading cycle. It also allows one operator to manage several loaders from a control room. Features of the system include:
• Fully automated loading cycle increases safety and productivity.
• Scalable small-to-large mass mining system offers flexibility.
• Modularized access control system ensures smooth interaction between automated and manual equipment.
• Full production management of automated and manual equipment.
For AutoMine Loading Lite, the single-LHD automation product ensures safe operation and high productivity, but is more mobile and easier to set up for single-loader applications. Features for the multi-loader include:
• Highly mobile and easy set up access control system ensures safety.
• One operator for one or several loaders offers improved productivity.
• Real-time process visualization and reporting offers continuous view to the operation.
• Open interfaces and integration.
Pulli adds, “The multi-loader option to AutoMine Loading Lite, enables multiple loader operations from one operator station. The loader and area are handled as one entity and this gives flexibility as one operator is now able to operate several production areas simultaneously. Automated Bucket Filling takes our AutoMine Loading products to new level as the whole loading cycle is now automated and operator’s role is supervising the operation.”
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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.