Sandvik unleashes new MC350 continuous miner
In a world where productivity reigns supreme, Sandvik has unleashed the newest addition to its continuous miners MC series: the MC350. The continuous miner is designed for mid-size room and pillar applications and is equipped with all the functions expected to ensure maximum productivity, reliability and minimum cost of any seam.
“By using Sandvik continuous miners our customers benefit from more cost efficient operations,” says Bruno Reumueller, product line management, Underground Coal and Minerals at Sandvik Mining.
“Thanks to a higher weight class, shear-up capability and loading and conveying modules, our continuous miners can improve productivity by 10-20 percent compared to other continuous miners in their range. In addition, extended operating time between overhauls and a cost per ton that is equal or better than other continuous miners make this a very attractive offering.”
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The new MC350 continuous miner can also be fitted with a proximity detection system to improve safety as well as a health monitoring function to provide advance warning of potential problems.
“It’s all about availability of the equipment and predictability in the operations and part of that is also our complete parts and service offering”, Reumuller said.
“Our service engineers ensure that our customers get the right parts, rock tools and service at the right time to ensure safe operation, low operating costs and long service life.”
The MC350 is part of Sandvik’s comprehensive continuous mining catalog, which includes the MC250, MC430 and MC470. Continuous miners are used to develop longwall panels for coal extraction, as well as for full-scale production in bord-and-pillar operations.
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.