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Hindustan Zinc Limited Case study

Enabling digitization of India’s Largest underground mine

Hindustan Zinc Limited’s Sindesar Khurd Mines

Lean operations, safe environments, and efficiency are essential for the mining industry. Managing equipment and assets and protecting employees is challenging in a mine because assets and employees are spread out and disconnected.

Cisco Connected Mining architecture provides secure and scalable network infrastructure, and lays the foundation to deliver real-time visibility and control across the mine. The overall goal is to ensure safe and efficient operations.

Customer Highlights

Business requirement

  • Reinvent operations through digital solutions
  • Protect both man and machine with technology
  • Improve the efficiency of the mine’s operations, extend the life of its assets, and control costs

Cisco solution

Cisco Connected Mining architecture

Benefits

  • The mobility offered by the Cisco Connected Mine Network has enabled SK Mines to track the location, and measure the health of trucks and other vehicles inside the mine
  • The network enables SK Mines to connect the entire mine wirelessly and monitor all functions remotely

Digitization is the future and our partnership with Cisco is going to help us move in that direction

- Barun Gorain, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer Hindustan Zinc Limited

About HZL’s SK Mines

Sindesar Khurd Mine is India’s largest underground mine with production of 4.5 million MT in FY 2018. With average reserve grade of 7%, the mine differentiates itself with its silver-rich zinc-lead deposit and highly mechanised and low cost of operations.

The mine production began in April 2006 and has undergone several phases of expansions from 0.3 million MT to its current capacity of 4.5 million MT. SKM lies on the same geological belt as the Rajpura Dariba Mine. As part of the on-going mine expansion plan, the main production shaft of 1,050m depth, 7.5m diameter and 3.75 million MT hauling capacity is under development. Post it is expected commissioning in FY 2019, the total hauling capacity of the mine will increase to 6.0 million MT per annum.