Tata Steel Meramandali kicks-off Model Wagon Tippler Operations with robots
~Ensures improvement in safety, environment and reliability ~
Tata Steel Meramandali, located in Dhenkanal district of Odisha, has introduced model wagon tippler with the use of state-of-the-art robots at its Raw Material Handling Systems (RMHS) operations to eliminate man-machine interface during the unloading of wagons.
Peeyush Gupta, Vice President, Supply Chain and Group Strategic Procurement (Designate), Tata Steel and Subodh Pandey, Vice President, Operations, Tata Steel Meramandali formally inaugurated the man-less model wagon tippler here on November 23, 2022. With this new system, the entire unloading and tippling operations have now been automated. This has eliminated the human-machine interface hence ensuring safety and contributing to enhanced productivity.
Peeyush Gupta, Vice President, Supply Chain and Group Strategic Procurement (Designate), Tata Steel, said: “This achievement is a stellar example of how working in teams can solve a problem with seemingly no solution. This fool proof safety initiative is a classic example of Poka-Yoke. The innovations which have been implemented are first of its kind even for our Jamshedpur and Kalinganagar plants. RMHS is an area which has many risks, and the team is continuously working to eliminate the identified risks through various safety initiatives. This Model Wagon Tippler will significantly reduce the rake unloading cycle time in a safe manner.”
Subodh Pandey, Vice President, Operations, Tata Steel Meramandali, said: “We are continuously adopting the best available technologies to upgrade facilities in our integrated steel operations to improve safety, environment, productivity and reliability. This is an excellent illustration of integration of advanced technologies to solve all issues of wagon tippler operation. The new system, installed at Wagon Tippler II, will be horizontally deployed in others as well.”
The rake tippling operations at RMHS of the steel plant involve critical activities that includes decoupling, rotation, alignment and coupling of the wagons at both the inhaul and outhaul side. This is followed by wagon cleaning in the end. The newly installed systems include automatic drop gates with laser curtains, robotic decoupling and coupling operation, smart access control inside tippler complex, wagon cleaning system and automatic side arm charger operation resulting in significant reduction of high risk activities. This system is also supplemented by a uniquely designed smart fencing system with automated gate locking facility for restricting unauthorised entry during equipment operation.
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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 recorded a consolidated turnover of US $ 32.83 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2022.
A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Limited, 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 10 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016. Besides being a member of ResponsibleSteelTM, worldsteel’s Climate Action Programme and World Economic Forum’s Global Parity Alliance, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognitions including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar and IJmuiden Plants, 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, featured amongst CII Top 25 innovative Indian Companies in 2021 and top 10 sustainable organisations of India Hurun Research Institute in the 2021 Capri Global Capital Hurun India Impact 50, received Steel Sustainability Champion recognition from worldsteel for five years in a row, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2021 from Ethisphere Institute, RIMS India ERM Award of Distinction 2021, Masters of Risk - Metals & Mining Sector recognition at The India Risk Management Awards for the sixth consecutive year, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 from ICAI, among several others.
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