TCS creates a collaborative environment to integrate processes in the mining value chain.
Pit to Port Automationfor Mining Value Chain
Vedanta pursues a centralized perspective to better control mining-related activities.
The existing systems of Vedanta’s iron ore business line were mostly standalone, offering limited automation and central monitoring. As a result, the company had low real-time visibility of their mining value chain.
They needed to reduce manual efforts and errors, increase productivity, speed up decision making, plug gaps in team collaboration, address reporting of alarms, and better anticipate market demand.
To achieve these goals, they wanted to build a state-of-the-art Integrated Command and Control Centre that would centrally monitor and optimize pit-to-port operations in real time.
TCS combines heterogeneous environments, integrates data via a centralized control room.
TCS’ solution transformed two major components: ‘Real-Time Monitoring and Optimization of Mining Operations’ and ‘Integration of Data’.
We deployed Dynamine–the GPS-based Truck Dispatch System (TDS) by setting up a dedicated high speed wireless mesh network across the entire mining area, and installing rugged on-board computers with touch screens, fuel flow meters, and real-time weighment systems.
TCS automates complex recording, tracking, reconciling, and planning.
We created interfaces with ECM to acquire real-time equipment health data from Heavy Earth Moving Machinery (HEMM) like excavators, wheel loaders, dump trucks and, dozers.
TCS’ team set up an Integrated Mining Command and Control Centre (IMCCC) and integrated data from Dynamine and all existing systems like Mine Planning, Process Plant SCADA, RFID based Road Logistics, GPS based River Logistics Systems, and SAP R3. All these standalone applications were able to exchange real-time data, helping Vedanta monitor and optimize their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).