Velenje Coal Mine

Real-time data streams improve control, help detect faults and prevent equipment failure

Published on 01-Aug-2013

"With IBM Maximo software, we’ve reduced production delays by 22 percent." - Gregor Zeleznik, assistant manager of the maintenance department, Velenje Coal Mine

Customer:
Velenje Coal Mine

Industry:
Industrial Products

Deployment country:
Slovenia

Solution:
Asset Management, Industry Framework , Smarter Planet

IBM Business Partner:
Kopa d.d.

Overview

Operating within the Salek Valley, the Velenje Coal Mine is one of the largest and most modern deep coal mining sites in Europe.

Business need:
To prevent disruptions in coal production, the coal mine wanted to improve the maintenance of its mining and safety equipment by increasing its preventive-to-corrective maintenance ratio.

Solution:
Velenje Coal Mine uses a powerful asset management solution to pro- actively prevent failure and support the continuous availability of its mining equipment.

Benefits:
Reduces delays in production by 22 percent through preventive maintenance and automatic parts ordering

Case Study

Operating within the Salek Valley, the Velenje Coal Mine is one of the largest and most modern deep coal mining sites in Europe. Operated by Premogovnik Velenje and owned by Holding Slovenske elektrarne (HSE), the mine employs more than 1,300 people, with 230 in the mechanical department and 160 employees in the electrical department. With more than 137 years in brown coal and lignite production, the company mines more than four million tons of coal per year, producing one-third of the electricity in Slovenia.

The Opportunity
Mining more than four million tons of coal per year, the Velenje Coal Mine is an important source of energy for the Republic of Slovenia. To prevent disruptions in coal production, the coal mine wanted to improve the maintenance of its mining and safety equipment by increasing its preventive-to-corrective maintenance ratio.

What Makes It Smarter
When you supply the coal that fuels one-third of a country’s electricity, disruptions to production are not an option. To prevent production delays, Velenje Coal Mine uses a powerful asset management solution to pro- actively prevent failure and support the continuous availability of its mining equipment. Sensors placed on the equipment collect and send performance data through optic cables to the asset management solution for equipment analysis. Based on that data and information entered by engineers, the solution automatically performs routine and preventive maintenance, including the logistics of ordering spare parts to enable the company to replace parts before they stop working. It analyzes in near-real time the status of the mine’s equipment — from conveyors, long-wall shearers and ventilation stations to sophisticated sensing equipment that monitors air quality — to detect and report potential failures, helping enable the company to take action with predictive maintenance before faults occur.

Real Business Results
• Reduces delays in production by 22 percent through preventive maintenance and automatic parts ordering
• Lowers maintenance costs by 16 percent through automated tracking of all asset information and predictive analysis of equipment performance and availability
• Anticipates an increase in the preventive-to-corrective maintenance ratio based on the solution’s predictive analysis

For more information
Please contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. Visit us at ibm.com/tivoli.

To learn more about Velenje Coal Mine, visit www.rlv.si/si.

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
Maximo Asset Management

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