Siemens conducted a “Technology Day” for the engineers and officials of South Eastern Coalfields (SECL) and Central Mine Planning & Design Institute (CMPDIL), at Bilaspur, Chhatisgarh to provide the latest technologies for the mining industry and support the expansion of coal production in the country. Coal India (CIL) is a “Maharatna” company and the largest coal producer in the world. SECL is a fully-owned subsidiary of CIL and the largest coal producing company in India. Both companies are planning to expand production of coal to meet the increasing demand for energy in India, taking the expertise of CMPDIL, the premier consultant in open pit & underground mine planning and design in coal, lignite and other minerals.
Technical presentations highlighted the latest global solutions for mining - gearless conveyors & mill drives, variable speed conveyors, automation for mines & advance stockyard management. Digitalization and mining automation can boost the production efficiency, enhance resource management, upgrade safety processes, provide effective control on logistics and improve existing quality controls in coal mines.
Digitalization technologies like conveyor simulation and manufacturing execution systems (MES) have the potential to unlock new ways of managing variability and enhancing productivity in the mining industry. The latest technologies pave the way for a fundamental shift in the way mining operations are implemented. The shift is marked by harnessing the flow of information to reduce variability in decision making and by deploying more centralized processes. More importantly, when designed and implemented correctly, digitalization can improve health, safety and environmental impact – saving lives, reducing injuries, lowering emissions and waste, and increasing transparency and sustainability.
Keywords: Siemens, Technology Day, Digitalization, Coal India, SECL, CMPDIL.