A service provider is expected to integrate the whole chain of services like equipment, wears and spares, and services and consultancy under one comprehensive package. In other words, it should be a solution provider than just an equipment provider delivering consistent results, writes Anand Sinha.
In the globalised arena, coal processing industry faces increased challenges of costs and finding quality manpower for keeping operations at requisite cost levels, including another necessary element of optimised cost to perform at designed capacity. This creates an urgent need for a solution by which, coal companies can focus on their core competency of managing the business, while the operations and maintenance are being taken care of by a qualified partner, who can not only add value in terms of knowledge but also create capabilities to adapt to the variations in feed and production to suit business environment.
The modern service provider is expected to integrate the whole chain of services like equipment, wears and spares, and services and consultancy under one comprehensive package. In other words, it should be a solution provider than just an equipment provider delivering consistent results.
One of the most important aspects to providing this solution is having close association with the customer's operations, which can help get better results out of the equipment along with lower downtime and increased efficiency of the machine and the washery. This involves having a state-of-the-art facility to take care of the logistics and distribution network to create a better coordinate for faster movement of spares, wears and consumables, ensuring faster solutions to all equipment & services needs. Providing such kind of a solution and value-added services require a well-qualified process understanding, a well established service network, integrated supply chain management and an organised operation, maintenance and inventory planning system. With not many existing companies in the coal industry provide integrated solutions of this magnitude, Metso certainly emerges as one of the few trusted players.
As a step forward following the new way to operate, Electrosteel has contracted Metso with the operations and maintenance of its 2 mpta coal washery. This washery was supplied by Metso in 2008. The current OMC is a contract of three years and allows for further extension on mutual agreement.
Metso being the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is better equipped to operate and maintain the plant. As an OEM, Metso is enabled to optimise the production from its equipment and at the same time, bring down the maintenance cost, guaranteeing a certain amount of quality, production and tonnage. As a partner of Electrosteel, Metso has taken the onus of maintaining and operating the coal handling and size reduction equipment as well, though it was not supplied by Metso.
The deal undertakes to guarantee:
Benefits to Electrosteel: