May 17, 2020

[VIDEO] Atlas Copco Launches New Mobile Rig for On-Site Efficiency

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Atlas Copco Launches New Mobile Rig for On-Site Efficiency
Atlas Copco, a global company committed to sustainable productivity, has delivered a new mobile rig for boring “opening hole” in mines. The...

Atlas Copco, a global company committed to sustainable productivity, has delivered a new mobile rig for boring “opening hole” in mines. The Easer, set to launch sometime in 2014, will be able to develop both box hole boring and down-reaming without needed any site preparation before use.

The name Easer comes from the expression “ease off” – as in to take off or release pressure. Specifically in mining, the term is used in reference to the blasthole into which rock expands during blasting.

The Easer can produce opening holes with a maximum diameter of 750mm, and a hole depth of 60 meters. The rig uses the standard 200mm (or 8 inch) boring rods and a 228mm (or 9 inch) pilot drill bit. Traditional raiseboring rigs offer box hole boring, down-reaming, and conventional raiseboring; the Easer offers these same drilling modes. To switch from box hole boring to down-reaming on the gear, the gearbox is rotated 180 degrees. This operation can be easily carried out in an underground workshop. In raiseboring mode, the Easer can drill up to 1,200mm.

All necessary operation equipment for the Easer rig is part of the carrier, with the exception of the rods and the setup produce. A new feature of to this family of rigs, the setup procedure does not require any site preparation, saving valuable time and money.

Development of this new rig from Atlas Copco was spurred by an increase in demand for a highly mobile and versatile rig – one that was designed to create opening holes safely and efficiently.

 “Our mission in developing the Easer has been to speed up the operation,” said product manager Johnny Lyly. “The timeframe for drilling a 40-meter opening hole, from setup to take down is less than 30 hours, and set up/take down is done in less than one hour.”

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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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