[VIDEO] Load more, make more: Caterpillar launches new hydraulic mining shovel
Built to deliver a substantial productivit...
Caterpillar has added the newest hydraulic mining shovel to its arsenal--and it’s a force to be reckoned with.
Built to deliver a substantial productivity advantage, the new 6015B is equipped with a 100-ton shovel and a single Cat C27 ACERT engine, the most powerful in its class, to provide greater digging power and faster digging cycles while also lowering fuel burn and costs.
The tag line behind the new hydraulic shovel--“load more, make more”—isn’t just another catchy slogan but rather a statement to its production capability.
The large, 8.1-cubic-meter standard bucket, which is outfitted with a Cat C70 hammerless GET, has a payload capacity of 14.6 tons and provides a competitve advantage over leading standard-equipped shovels in its class when loading trucks of 55, 65 and 90 capacities. The Cat C27 ACERT engine provides 606 kW of rated power which equates to a 20 percent productivity advantage over existing 100-ton shovels. The 6015B is also optimized to fill a Cat 773 truck in four passes, a 775 in five passes, and a 777 in seven passes. In addition, a U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final C27 engine option meets emissions standards in highly regulated countries.
In terms of efficiency, it doesn’t get better than the 6015B. Along with Caterpillar’s proprietary integrated engine control technologies, the new mining shovel is equipped with Cat automatic flow proportioning technology to create more efficient hydraulic pump utilization, helping to reduce energy loss and increase fuel savings.
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Following Cat’s robust 5110B platform, the versatile 6015B was created to provide superior rigidity and strength yet still light enough to promote fast cycle times. The 6015B also incorporates a newly designed hydraulic filtration system to ensure dependable hydraulic system performance, including continuous filtration and optimum oil cleanliness at all times.
The 6015B features well engineered access and egress with walkways for safe movement around the machine and an optional 45-degree powered access stairway. To further improve safety, large, wide windows encase the operator cap to provide excellent all-around visibility and contribute to the operator’s situational awareness during digging.
"The new Cat 6015B Hydraulic Shovel "meets your need to move more material at a lower cost, so you can achieve production targets, deliver on your commitments, meet deadlines—and maximize your profitability,” according to the equipment manufacturer.
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.