May 17, 2020

Volvo is taking autonomous trucks to Hillhead

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Hillhead Quarrying and Recyling 2016
Dale Benton
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Volvo's autonomous truck. Photo: Volvo Trucks
A fleet of autonomous trucks will be on display next month at the Hillhead quarrying and recycling show 2016.

Volvo Group have been developing and test...

A fleet of autonomous trucks will be on display next month at the Hillhead quarrying and recycling show 2016.

Volvo Group have been developing and testing state of the art automated driverless technology in cooperation with Saab. The trucks are fitted with sensors and GPS technology to read its surroundings, navigate through difficult environments and submit data to fully optimise its operational functionality.

READ: The future is now: Volvo Group moves autonomous technology underground

The autonomous technology was showcased this week in Gothenburg, Sweden. The press, including the Guardian, were invited to a hands on demonstration.

Video: The Guardian

The Hillhead quarrying and recycling show 2016 is the biggest quarrying, recycling and construction exhibition of its kind, giving companies the change to demonstrate the wide range of technologies that will change the future of the industry, live in the Hillhead quarry, UK.

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Jul 17, 2021

Coal India Secures First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Deal

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Coal India Limited has secured a new deal with Accenture Solutions to consult on enhancing mining performance and production through a digital endeavour

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.

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