Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions is expanding its portfolio of smart stockyard and port solutions for bulk materials handling applications.
The company has developed software and hardware that provide insights through data analysis, allowing customers to improve the operation and maintenance of machinery.
thyssenkrupp Mining Technologies CEO, Jan Lueder, says Industry 4.0 solutions can greatly contribute to the increase of operational efficiency in the mining sector.
“That is why we at thyssenkrupp Mining Technologies have organised our automation and digitalisation expertise in our competence centres in India and Germany,” Lueder said.
“To specifically address today’s bulk materials handling challenges we have developed smart stockyard and smart port solutions that bring very specific benefits to our customers.”
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Thyssenkrupp’s autonomous Bucket Wheel Stacker Reclaimer (BWSR) improves the use of dry bulk yards, optimising the material handling with a productivity gain of around 20 per cent when compared to conventional operations and a 25 per cent longer equipment life, due to the stability of the operation provided by advanced automation.
The autonomous solution also contributes to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, as energy consumption is enhanced.
“The algorithms we have developed work with parameters that make the equipment work at its highest performance, without moments of under-utilisation of the buckets – which lead to loss of productivity – or peaks of operation that cause stress and fatigue. We also avoid unnecessary production stops, which are generally an operational bottleneck,” Thyssenkrupp Mining Global Product Manager Automation & Digitalisation Martin Krex said.
For companies that operate with bulk materials, such as ores or coal, Thyssenkrupp Mining Technologies has developed a Train Load Out Station (TLO) that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to improve loading accuracy.
The system, called Hybrid TLO, combines volumetric and gravimetric type of operation and opens new options for fast and precise logistics. It allows loading ore at an average rate of 16,000 tonnes per hour with great precision and manages to reduce the wagon loading time.