[VIDEO] Improving fleet management with Caterpillar's MineStar technology
Fleet management for mining companies is one of the most critical component to ensuring successful operations. In essence, it manages any, and all, aspects to vehicles and equipment, including equipment tracking, mechanical diagnostics and driver behavior.
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Caterpillar Inc. has revolutionized the process with real-time machine tracking, assignment and productivity management. Fleet management with MineStar technology enhances equipment operations and allows companies to receive detailed views and analysis of equipment. MineStar's Fleet works with data from all types of assets and equipment, ranging from everything to wheel loaders, motor graders, wheel dozers, shovels and light-duty vehicles and equipment.
The Fleet management system in MineStar enhances the management of all types of equipment operations, across one mine site or multiple sites. It also allows users to easily drill down for more detailed views and analysis, from reporting on selectable groups of assets down to individual machines.
According to Caterpillar, fleet makes it easy to keep operations running safely and at peak performance, with real-time control. In addition, it has the capability to run scenarios that help determine the impact of operational changes prior to implementing them
Overall, fleet management by MineStar enables mining companies to reduce costs per ton, increase productivity and boost site profitability.
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.