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Hindustan Zinc & Tata Steel lean on 'digitised mines' to boost productivity

Mining News - Published on Thu, 16 May 2019

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Business Standard reported that leading players such as Vedanta Group-controlled Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL) and Tata Steel are riding the digital wave to streamline efficiency and shore up productivity at their mines. HZL has has implemented digitisation in its mining operations, aiding in developing intelligent mines that are smart, connected, wired and analytical. Digitisation of mines has helped the company to build algorithms that has further enhanced accuracy in the mining operations and has made mining for HZL more efficient- right from exploration to metal production.

Mr Barun Gorain, chief technology and innovation officer, HZL, said that “We are into the first phase of our digitisation which we hope to complete this time by next year. Our digital initiatives are centred on enhancing our production and safety so that we can take our operations to the next generation of mining. We have engaged various partners across the world and we are bringing in the best of technologies.”

The outcomes of digitisation are already showing up in the key performance indicators of the company's mining operations. Thanks to a suite of digital interventions, there has been 10-15 per cent increase in availability in crushing performance. Going ahead, HZL is eyeing 20 per cent increase in operational expenditure improvement over the next six months.

Productivity and recovery are also poised to take a significant leap in the near future.

Mr Gorain said that “Our aim is to ramp up productivity from 0.6 tonne per man hour to two tonne per man hour. We also expect to improve our metal recovery performance to 95-96 per cent. Our recovery has stabilised now. Before digital interventions were ringed in, instability was a big factor.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 16 May 2019
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