[VIDEO] The Future of Caterpillar's Autonomous Vehicles
The future of mining leads through automation and Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) is fully aware. The US-based company was first on the scene, quickly becoming one of the central suppliers for the next-generation technology, which enhances safety, reduces costs and maximizes productivity.
Caterpillar is taking it a step further in 2014.
The following video reviews Caterpillar's commitment to improving the mining industry and reveals how it's going to change the overall functionality, usability and efficiency of autonomous technology.
According to Caterpillar, the capabilities of the autonomous fleet include:
- Production - Provides real-time visibility of loading performance, delivers improved shovel loading performance and increases payload predictability.
- Position & Material - Monitors material movement and type, alerts operators and planners of misroutes to ensure material is moved to the proper location. Also monitors machine location for the entire fleet and incorporates playback function to analyze dump movement and haul road congestion.
- Assignment & Optimization - Schedules and assigns trucks, maximizes production and shovel utilization, minimizes truck wait time and manages shift changes.
- Data Share - Enables Fleet to share data and information with other electronic mine management systems.
- Multi-Site - A future capability, it enables management of multiple Fleet-equipped mine sites from a single control center.
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.