End-to-end efficiency is the key
Anirudha Gupta, Director, P&H Joy Mining Equipment
India Ltd, and Regional Director - India, P&H MinePro Services, Kolkata, goes
underground to find out the new trends in mining equipment industry.
With India having a huge demand for electricity and steel,
coal and iron ore being the main inputs, the demand for mining machineries is
poised to see a phenomenal change not only in quantity but also in size and
technology. This sector is moving into a new era with the opening up of the
mining industry to the private sector and the concept of captive mining.
To move huge quantum of overburden and produce large volume of coal to feed mega
power and steel plants, mining companies have been forced to look beyond their
existing practices to more modern methods of mining. This involves large digging
and hauling equipment, a practice being followed in most of the major developed
The trend for digging machines in open cast mines is definitely moving beyond
the existing 10 cubic metre class to anywhere between 35 to 45 cubic metre
class. While for the hauling the matching sizes have to be between 240T-310T,
from the existing 85T-120T.
End-to-end efficiency is the keyword for any industry and the mining sector is
no different. Focus on the utilisation of equipment from blasting to dumping can
produce the target numbers we are talking since long. To make this happen,
quality machines with proper technology backed up by 24x7 maintenance and
original spares, well-equipped repair facilities, and trained and efficient
skills are required. The only way to make this happen is through a close
cooperation and partnership with the equipment manufacturers. The original
equipment manufactures are supposed to know their equipment best and they should
be given the responsibility for the efficient performance of their machines for
its lifetime through maintenance, repair, timely sourcing of parts and training.
For the growth of the industry and to meet the target numbers for coal for the
11th Plan, a paradigm shift is required in the industry. The acceptance of the
fact that we need technology, large equipment, lack benchmarking, knowledge and
skills etc., would make it easy for things to move forward. It is a
well-accepted practice worldwide to follow a success story, and we should avoid
reinventing the wheel and pick up the best practices from successful ongoing
mining companies and equipment manufactures. Major mining companies and the
government should seek advice and consultancy services from experienced
individuals or companies who have been involved in these operations.
Encouragement should be given to partnership planning with major mining
equipment manufacturers for end-to-end efficiency.
One-stop shop for latest technology
P&H MinePro Services, India, has its service set-ups in all
major mining areas with well-equipped workshops for repairs and rebuilds, along
with Joy Mining operations and a mother warehouse centrally located in Kolkata.
P&H Joy Mining Equipment India Ltd is a company under Joy Global Inc., USA,
which is a one-stop-shop for latest technology and machineries for both surface
and underground mining. For instance, P&H MinePro Services (for surface mining)
and distribution network of P&H Mining Equipment and Joy Mining Machinery (for
underground mining). Such initiatives are under way worldwide, including India,
under P&H Joy Mining Equipment India Ltd.
Regardless of the mining region, MinePro and Joy customers pursue optimal
operations efficiency. They look to suppliers like MinePro and Joy to provide
productivity enhancing equipment, preventive maintenance, motor and transmission
repairs and rebuilds, equipment upgrades and modernisations to help optimise the
value of their equipment over its entire useful lifecycle.
Electric mining shovels from 10 cubic metre to 55.80 cubic metre dipper
capacity; blast hole drills up to 22 inch size holes; walking draglines up to
122 cubic metre bucket capacity; lifecycle management complete with parts and
labour for all equipment; spare parts supply with specialised service;
refurbishing and overhauling of equipment; and relocation of equipment are some
of the products and services for surface mining offered by P&H MinePro Services.
Joy Mining Machinery for underground mining offers continuous miners, bolting
system, longwall system, haulage system etc.
[May 19-25, 2008]