India will witness gradual implementation of sustainable technologies: CASE India
In the recent past, the company has adopted various sustainable and environment friendly technologies that helps to address Co2 emissions to a great level, In an exclusive interview, Sandeep Mathur, Brand Leader, CASE India believes that the implementation of such sustainable technologies and equipment will take some time in India. However, the company is doing its bit and is investing in any change that protects the environment.
Can you explain the sustainability measures adopted by CASE in mining equipment?
The CE sector is moving towards sustainability and becoming more eco-conscious. The government is also coming up with norms like BSVI and is trying to deploy more environment-friendly vehicles and equipment on the road. At CASE, we value the environment and believe that each change contributes to the betterment of the world we inhabit. We have also been recognized as a Global Sustainability Leader for several years in a row.
Globally, CASE has introduced such sustainable, environment-friendly technologies. CNH Industrial Project TETRA concept wheel loader is one such equipment. It is a sustainable, new Natural Gas (NG) Methane-Powered Wheel Loader. The concept ensures 15 percent less CO2 and 99 percent less particulate matter than its diesel-based counterpart. It is cheap and helps in reducing the carbon footprint of the company. CASE also launched the industry’s first Fully Electric Backhoe this year – the 580EV, which has zero emissions and helps customers save as much as 90 percent in annual vehicle, fuel and maintenance costs.
The advent of such sustainable technologies and equipment will take some time to be fully implemented in India. However, at CASE, we are striving to do our bit for the betterment of the environment, and hence, will be happy to invest in any change that protects the environment.
CASE has an array of offerings for the mining segment. Highlight the features that will make the equipment more efficient?
Mining and tunneling activities require the use of a robust machine which ensures the onsite safety and productivity. CASE India’s range of mining equipment meets these aspects with its strong designs. Fuel efficiency is another specific requirement considering location of mining sites. CASE India’s excavators, dozers and graders come with a fuel-efficient FPT engine which provides outstanding performance, fast response times and best-in-class fuel economy.
Our CHEX Excavator comes with a boom & arm plate with 30% increased thickness and a superstructure which strengthens the stressed areas to increase the overall durability with a strong undercarriage system. It is equipped with CASE Intelligent Hydraulic System (CIHS) that delivers impressive machine control with unrivalled energy and fuel savings in all cycle time phases. The lower cost of ownership also comes with longer service intervals. To handle the shock caused by uneven surface of the mining and tunneling sites, CASE India’s grader range comes with added accumulators which act as a shock absorber so that the shock doesn’t get transmitted to the structure or operator hence increasing operator safety. Our equipment range is also equipped with the ROPs and FOPs which ensures safety of machine as well as operator. To handle the tough terrain conditions, CASE India’s motor Grader are equipped with hydraulic pitch control feature which helps operator to control moldboard pitch adjustment from cabin itself while the 2050 M Dozer is equipped with hydrostatic transmission to provide best in class draw bar pull capacity and lower maintenance and operating cost best suited for these conditions.
All of our machines also come equipped with an eagle eye telematics system which helps in monitoring the performance, security and efficiency of the machine in real-time.
What, according to you, are the major challenges when it comes to offering a more efficient, technology, easy to use equipment for mining?
Over the years, mining equipment has become more advanced and versatile. Construction and mining equipment encounter rough terrains, rocky underfoot conditions, greatly varying temperatures & humidity, and long working hours. To resolve risks in the mining sites, technologies like AI, VR and autonomous systems come in handy to gauge risks and eliminate human error. Despite the benefits, the sector still faces certain challenges in adoption of these advanced technologies. Abundance of skilled labor to operate machines is a big hurdle. Operator training is paramount to ensure that the best features of the machine are used. Inadequate infrastructure and the high cost of setting up advanced and sophisticated systems in the manufacturing plants and ensuring their security are a few other key challenges that businesses face.