Wirtgen's surface mining products offer a technically advanced open cast mining
The main advantage of an automatic machine over the traditional method is the ease of operation and a total reduction of drilling and blasting which in turn reduces the Capex for customers, says Ramesh Palagiri-MD & CEO, WIRTGEN India.
What are the latest trends in the mining segment?
WIRTGEN is a global market leader in the manufacturing of machines for cutting rock in open cast mining operations. The Surface Miners from Wirtgen are one of the best innovations in the industry. Wirtgen is also the manufacturer of the world’s biggest Surface Miner- 4200 SM.
WIRTGEN Surface Miners cut primary resources such as coal, gypsum, iron ore, salt, phosphate, bauxite, limestone or granite, achieving high degrees of purity in the process. They are increasingly used as primary extraction equipment also in newly opened-up opencast mines or extensions of existing opencast mine operations. WIRTGEN has a varied range of Surface Miners based on the applications and cutting depth- 220 SM, 220 SM 3.8, 2500 SM, 4200 SM.
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WIRTGEN’s expertise in advanced cutting technology makes it possible to selectively mine mineral deposits without drilling or blasting – in the most environmentally friendly manner and with the purest quality. In the last two decades, Wirtgen Surface Miners offers products that compete with the current challenges. With the latest innovative Surface Miner, the per ton production cost has been reduced helping customers to achieve better profitability.
Wirtgen not only develops innovative machines, but our permanent goal is also to keep the environmental impact of machine technology as low as possible. WIRTGEN surface miners are a prime example of this – they feature environmentally friendly technology that cuts, crushes, and loads rock in a single operation. The tremendous advantage of the selective mining method is that vibration-free material extraction without drilling and blasting produces very little dust and noise. At the same time, the low environmental impact makes it possible to fully exploit the deposits, even in the immediate vicinity of residential areas. When using the selecting mining method, the area required to extract high-quality material is much smaller than with conventional methods. Our fuel-efficient, intelligently controlled engines meet the strictest emissions standards.
Globally, many companies have started using electric-driven machinery. How is the demand in the Indian cement business? Do you have automatic machines? What advantages do they offer over traditional equipment?
The Indian cement industry is still with the diesel prime mover with regard to the Surface Miners primarily because of the changing quality of limestone grades where the surface miners have to be shifted frequently from pit to pit.
We offer a fully automatic machine that helps the operator to run the machine with absolute safety and high productivity.
The main advantage over the traditional or conventional methods is the ease of operation and a total reduction of drilling and blasting which in turn reduces the Capex for customers. Secondly, it also improves production in peripheral areas where blasting is not possible. It also helps in the reduction of dust/noise pollution and enhances the quality of life in and around the surface.