[VIDEO] Hitachi: Built Tough
Mining equipment needs to be built tough. Size, endurance and strength play a vital factor in withstanding the harsh condition of the mining industry. It isn't easy but Hitachi has perfected the process.
The company recently unleashed episode two of its Built Tough series, which chronicles not just the machines they build but the people who own and operate them. The series provides insight into the real-life situations people experience and show what it takes to be built tough.
This week’s episode takes viewers inside the making of the company’s ZH210 mid-sized hydraulic excavator.
According to the video, the way of the future for mining equipment is being greener and using less fuel. It’s not only good for the mining industry but it’s good for the manufacturers and operators of the equipment.
The video takes viewers inside the making of the hybrid excavator and how Hitachi creates some of the most innovative machines in the industry. In addition, the video showcases how Hitachi is leveraging it knowledge and experience to producing eco-friendly equipment that can benefit miners in a variety of ways from cost-savings to environmental efficiencies.
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.