[VIDEO] LEGO Designers Build Giant Volvo L350F Wheel Loader
Legos aren’t just for kids anymore.
The designers over at LEGO ® have created one of the most unique Technic sets ever, replicating Volvo’s L350F Wheel Loader. The remote-controlled toy set, which is a carbon copy of the real wheel loader, was designed by the company’s Technic division.
Jeppe Juul Jenson, Global Design Lead for LEGO Technic, explains how the company came up with the concept and how they worked with Sweden-based Volvo to replicate the loader.
Unlike normal Legos, the Technic line utilizes interconnected Legos, plastic rods and parts to create advanced machines with wheels. The line is characterized by the presence of special pieces, such as gears, axles, pins, beams and recently electric motors.
At 1,636 pieces, the LEGO Technic Volvo L350F Wheel Loader (42030) is the largest Technic set to hit the market. It also showcases the lengths LEGO ® will go to in order to perfect their latest mini marvels.
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.