Tata Steel Meramandali started Model Wagon Tippler Operations with robots

Meramandali, 25 November 2022

~Ensuring enhanced security, environment and reliability ~

Tata Steel Meramandali, located in Dhenkanal district in Odisha, has introduced a tippler wagon model with the use of advanced robots on Raw Material Handling System (RMHS) operations to eliminate the human-machine interface during the loading and 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 officially inaugurated the tippler wagon model without humans here on 23 November 2022. With this new system , all loading and unloading and tipping operations are now automated. It has eliminated the human-machine interface thereby ensuring security and contributing to increased productivity.

Peeyush Gupta, Vice President, Supply Chain and Strategic Procurement Group (Designate), Tata Steel, said: “This achievement is a great example of how working in a team can solve a problem that seems to have no solution. This fool proof safety initiative is a classic example of Poka-Yoke. The innovations that have been implemented are first of their kind even for our Jamshedpur and Kalinganagar factories. RMHS is an area with many risks, and the team is continuously working to eliminate identified risks through various safety initiatives. This Tippler Wagon model will significantly reduce rake-unload cycle times in a safe manner.”

Subodh Pandey, Vice President, Operations, Tata Steel Meramandali, said: “We are continuously adopting the best available technology to upgrade facilities in our integrated steel operations to improve safety, the environment, productivity and reliability. This is an excellent illustration of the integration of advanced technology to solve all the tippler cart operating problems. The new system, installed on the Tippler II Wagon, will be implemented horizontally elsewhere as well.”

Rake tippling operations at RMHS steel mills involve critical activities that include separation, rotation, alignment, and coupling of carriages on the inhaul and outhaul sides. This is followed by cleaning the cart at last. The newly installed system includes automatic fall gates with laser curtains, robotic decoupling and coupling operations, intelligent access control within the tippler complex, cart cleaning system and automated side arm charging operation resulting in a significant reduction in high risk activities. The system is also equipped with a uniquely designed smart fence system with automatic gate locking facility to limit the entry of unauthorized persons during the operation of the equipment.

About Tata Steel

The Tata Steel Group is one of the top global steel companies with an annual raw steel capacity of 34 million tons per year. It is one of the most geographically diversified steel producers in the world, with operations and commercial presence worldwide. The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US$32.83 billion in the financial year ending 31 March 2022.

A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organization, Tata Steel Limited, together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of more than 65,000. Tata Steel has been part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has consistently been among the top 10 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016. In addition to being a member of ResponsibleSteelTM, Worldsteel Climate Action Program and World Economic Forum Global Parity Alliance, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognition including World Economic Forum Global Beacon recognition for Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar and IJmuiden Mills, and Prime Minister’s Cup for best performing integrated steel mill for 2016- 17. The company, which is ranked as the most valuable Metals & Mining brand in India by Brand Finance, is among CII Top 25 innovative Indian Companies in 2021 and top 10 sustainable organizations of India Hurun Research Institute in 2021 Capri Global Capital Hurun India Impact 50 , received Steel Sustainability Champion recognition from worldsteel for five consecutive years, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2021 from Ethisphere Institute, RIMS India ERM Award of Distinction 2021, Masters of Risk – Metals & Mining Sector award at The India Risk Management Awards during six years in a row, and the FY20 Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting from ICAI, among others.

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Sarvesh Kumar

Head, Corporate Communications

Tata Steel

E-mail: sarvesh.kumar@tatasteel.com

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