NLC revives 30-year-old bucket wheel excavator

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By Sarkaritel January 23, 2015 09:56

NLC revives 30-year-old bucket wheel excavator


Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited has successfully rejuvenated a Bucket Wheel Excavator which has been in service in Mine-I for the past 30 years. B. Surender Mohan, CMD NLC, commissioned the machinery at the Specialized Mining Equipment (SME) Erection Yard of Mine-I.

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The 700L Bucket Wheel Excavator 147, (BWE) supplied by erstwhile Buckau wolf Germany (presently Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, (TKIS) Germany) was commissioned in Mine-II on 01.12.1983. The BWE had completed 30 years of life with 1,24,000 total working hours in the excavation of overburden/Lignite.  To extend the life of the BWE further, the Rejuvenation programme was taken up with the assistance of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) M/s. TKIS, Germany at a cost of Rs.45 crore.

During Rejuvenation the BWE has been completely dismantled, the parts were strengthened and worn out parts were replaced as required.  The state of the art Programme Logic Control (PLC) technology has been introduced in the operation and control system of the BWE for efficient and safer operation of the BWE.  The dismantling, re-conditioning and re-erection of the complete BWE has been completed within the period of 12 months (Feb 2014 to Jan 2015) against the scheduled period of 13 months.

In a simple function held at the SME Erection Yard of Mine-I Shri B.Surender Mohan, CMD NLC commissioned the machinery in the presence of Shri Sarat Kumar Acharya. Director(HR), Rakesh Kumar, Director (Finance) and Shri Subir Das, Director(Mines) of NLC Limited.

The event was witnessed by Shri C. Senthamizhselvan, Executive Director(Mines), Shri Syed Abdul Fateh Khalid, CGM/Mine-I & IA, Senior Officials, employees, Representatives of Trade Unions and Associations.

The reconditioned machinery is expected to work further 15 years with rated capacity to enhance production efficiency.

Sarkaritel
By Sarkaritel January 23, 2015 09:56