2016-12-21 | India | Corporate News
- Bosch’s end-to-end solutions help improve operational efficiency, accountability, productivity and profitability
- Holistic approach to address region specific concerns
- Locally developed solution addresses key concerns of the mining sector
Bengaluru – Bosch, a leading supplier of technology and services, has been working in the connected domain-relating to fleet and logistics management- for close to a decade now. Using the Bosch Internet of Things (IoT) platform and expertise available across various domains, Bosch India is developing a solution that connects miners and mining equipment. “The solution from Bosch can increase the levels of automation in the mining industry. Smart mining improves operational efficiency as it enhances productivity through improved asset utilization.” said Mr. Sreenivasan, head, engineering, off-highway solutions, Bosch India. Adding further he stated, “The solution also helps the mining OEM to focus on accountability by reducing costs, thus improving profitability. In the future Bosch India will look to acquire large mining automation projects in India as well as abroad.”
Bosch’s solution enables the mining OEM to track the movement of associates using the Group’s access control system. Additionally, to gauge the entry of heavy commercial vehicles Bosch provides an RFID based boom barrier control solution. Sharing more insights about this development, Mr. Sreenivasan commented, “The overall solution harnesses the different competencies available within Bosch to derive meaningful insights during surface mining operations.” Elaborating further he mentioned, “Apart from addressing concerns relating to fleet and miner management Bosch’s solution aims to address other key pain points of the mining segment, like production, maintenance and dispatch management.”
Bosch a master technology provider
Bosch has taken a holistic approach over multiple phases to address region specific problems. While the current solution is targeted to meet the requirements specific to the Indian scenario, Bosch is keen to offer other innovations to the mining industry. Bosch existing competence in mobility and industrial sector with know how of engine control and hydraulics, are the clear differenciators the Group brings to its customer. “Bosch is able to offer core technologies, such as connectivity, video surveillance and access control systems providing an indisputable value proposition to mining companies,” said Mr. Sreenivasan.
India’s challenges are unique and to keep pace with the rapid economic developments the country’s mining industry would play a key role. Key mining companies aim to double their output in the coming 4-5 years. Such a forecast would require increased spending on mine automation and up-gradation for improved productivity. Bosch foresees several opportunities in this segment, such as the prospect of providing simple CCTV based monitoring systems, vehicle tracking solutions to offering fully integrated connected mining solutions.
Bosch can help India’s mining industry become smart and efficient
Bosch’s connectivity control unit (CCU) monitors the fleet through truck dispatch system, apart from monitoring the vehicle’s health. Moreover, integration of weighbridges helps the customer track production every hour. Also, Bosch’s established video surveillance systems observes activities in critical areas, such as weighbridge and dump yards. Overall, the entire information is made available to a control room across every mine site to ensure effective planning, utilization and monitoring of activities in a ‘smart’ way.
Large competent base of associates the basis of future growth
Within the Group, Bosch is harnessing the competencies of various entities and business units. The team responsible at Bosch India for the development of solutions specific to mining was set up with the objective of offering innovative solutions specific to the off-highway segment for the Indian market. “One of the key enablers has been the availability of engineering competence in diverse areas within Bosch India,” stated Mr. Sreenivasan. Bosch in India has the largest development center outside Germany.