[VIDEO] Caterpillar Discusses Sustainability and Remanufacturing in U.S.
Last week Caterpillar’s Group President Stu Levenick was on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss how remanufacturing is booming across the United States.
“Caterpillar and MSNBC are collaborating on a special series of segments to air on Morning Joe that will highlight our common values, promote our commitment to social innovation and share the unique stories of individuals and groups who are working to affect change," said Levenick.
The first in a series of three themed-weeks, the video takes a closer look at companies that are remanufacturing machines and materials for both ecological and economic gains.
“We all know about recycling… remanufacturing is similar. We give that customer a brand new reman component. We’re bringing used cores in that aren’t very expensive and remanufacturing into a new condition,” Levenick said. “I think for an American worker it is a great opportunity to grow in a business that’s not only environmentally friendly but economically positive for the economy,” Levenick explained.
“Progress doesn’t have to be at the expense of profit or the environment – Caterpillar and many other like-minded companies are enabling sustainable economic growth while best serving our planet and its people. I believe that’s a message that will resonate with the MSNBC audience.”
In addition to featuring Group President Stu Levenick on the importance of remanufacturing, the video highlights North American Coal’s award-winning land reclamation project as well as examining the need for technical jobs skills training for workers with Building Construction Products’ Vice President Mary Bell.
“The perception of manufacturing is that it’s dirty and dark and not high tech. We have a welding apprenticeship program, we have a manufacturing assembly apprenticeship program… programs that assure kids graduating from high school have the skills that we need to fuel our growth and succeed in the future,” said Bell.
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.