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Tata Steel Kalinganagar starts Robotic system for its Wagon Tippler operation

Kalinganagar , July 30, 2021

Tata Steel Kalinganagar, the state-of-the-art steel plant located in Jajpur District of Odisha, has introduced a new Robotic system for its Wagon Tippler operation.

The tippling operations at the Raw-material Handling System of the steel plant, involves critical activities like decoupling, coupling, rotation and CBC alignment of wagon through manual intervention at inhaul and outhaul side.

During every cycle, after a Wagon tippling operation on Tippler table, the empty wagons are to be coupled with empty wagons in the outhaul area. For successful coupling of both Wagons, the couplers alignment is mandatory which is now being done manually by designated person under high risk potential. So, to eliminate the man-machine interface while handling Railway wagons after tippling operation during each cycle, a new system of “Robotics Operation” has been introduced for Wagon Tippler.

Mr T V Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel Limited (TSL) inaugurated the new system on 21st July 2021. Under the new system of operation, the Wagon couplers at outhaul, before getting coupled, will be inspected through and aligned by a Robotic system. This will eliminate the man machine interface completely during each cycle of tippling, ensuring safety while contributing to enhanced productivity.

The new system has been installed in one of the Wagon Tipplers & will be horizontally deployed in others as well. This system is also supplemented by a uniquely designed Smart Fencing System with Automated Gate Locking Facility for restricting unauthorized entry during equipment operation 

Mr Rajiv Kumar, Vice President (Operation), Tata Steel Kalinganagar, Mr Chanakya Chaudhary, VP (Corporate Services), Mr Dibyendu Bose, Vice President (Supply Chain), Mr Peeyush Gupta, Vice President (Supply Chain-Designate), Mr Ashish Anupam, MD Tata Steel LP and Chairperson M&S (Long Products), & PEO, Mr Chaitanya Bhanu were among the dignitaries present on the occasion. Mr C L Karn, Chief, Logistics Operations, Tata Steel Kalinganagar coordinated the event.

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $21.1 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2021.

A Great Place to Work-Certified organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.

Tata Steel has been a part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has been consistently ranked amongst top 5 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016. Besides being a member of ResponsibleSteelTM and worldsteel’s Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognitions including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Kalinganagar Plant - a first in India, and Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17. The Company, ranked as India’s most valuable Metals & Mining brand by Brand Finance, received the ‘Honourable Mention’ at the National CSR Awards 2019, Steel Sustainability Champion 2019 by worldsteel, CII Greenco Star Performer Award 2019, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2020 from Ethisphere Institute, Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2020) by CNBC TV-18, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 by ICAI, among several others.

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