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Thyssenkrupp reveals bulk materials products

Germany’s thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions has launched new smart stockyard and port solutions that use Artificial Intelligence and automation to target improved bulk materials handling performance.

 Sensors, radars and GPS in the TLO work to improve bulk loading accuracy

Sensors, radars and GPS in the TLO work to improve bulk loading accuracy

The company's new autonomous Bucket Wheel Stacker Reclaimer (BWSR) is for use at dry bulk yards, while its a Hybrid Train Load Out Station (TLO) is for use with bulk materials such as ores or coal. 

The new automated BWSR features an advanced anti-collision system, and uses radar and laser sensors to scan the pile surface and predict the volume to be reclaimed. 

The new features have generated a 20% productivity gain and ensure up to 25% longer equipment life, said the company. 

"The algorithms we have developed work with parameters that make the equipment work at its highest performance, without moments of under-utilization 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", said Martin Krex, global product manager automation & digitalisation at thyssenkrupp Mining Technologies. 

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Radar and laser sensors scan the pile surface

 

The new TLO is AI-enabled and uses sensors, radars and GPS work to improve bulk 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 thousand tons per hour with great precision and manages to reduce the wagon loading time.

The company said its new products aim to meet customer demand for solutions that integrate software and hardware, and use data insights to improve the operation and maintenance of machines and systems. 

"[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 organized our automation and digitalization expertise in our competence centers in India and Germany", said Jan Lueder, CEO of thyssenkrupp Mining Technologies. "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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