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Interaction – Ramesh Palagiri, Wirtgen India

WIRTGEN is the global market leader in manufacture of Surface Miners

Wirtgen is the market leader in surface mining and has been consistently developing products which offer better efficiency in terms of fuel consumption, lower life cycle costs and better productivity. In an exclusive interview to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES, RAMESH PALAGIRI, MD & CEO, WIRTGEN INDIA, speaks about his company’s product offerings, cutting edge technologies and a lot more.

Tell us of your various product offerings, applications and their demand in the Indian market. Any new products launched or enhancements to the existing product line, detail us on the same.

WIRTGEN is the global market leader in manufacture of Surface Miners and also produces the world’s largest surface miner SM 4200. New products include the 280 SM in Bauxite Application  with more  than 60 Units running globally. The Indian surface mining market has witnessed greater than 300 Surface miners already and the WIRTGEN   – SM 220 (3.8) is extensively used for Coal mining in India.

Detail us about the cutting edge technology in your machines in terms of telematics, smartness and IoT. What are the USP’s of your machines.

State of the art Wirtgen surface miners – offer a wide range of Cutting Drums which are ergonomically designed in house. WIRTGEN is the only equipment manufacturer in the world to have an inhouse design & production unit as per customers need. Telematics are an integral part of all John Deere and Wirtgen Group equipment’s & can capture a wide range of data for the smart users to monitor the machine performance at the comfort of sitting at their respective Jobsites / Corporate offices. Wirtgen’s 220 SM 3.8/220 SMi 3.8 surface miner selectively mines raw materials up to a cutting depth of 350 mm and a uniaxial compressive strength of 35 MPa. Thanks to its 3.8 m wide cutting drum designed specifically for soft-rock mining, the compact surface miner achieves maximum productivity at low operating costs and is perfect for use in small to large mining operations.

Cross Application Miners are purpose-built for frequently changing applications, particularly for larger infrastructure projects.

Wirtgen Surface Miner A Versatile machinery  can create even/inclined roads/ ramps/ benches  can cut and built these in virgin rock create low rolling resistance and stable running surfaces enable higher speeds on benches/ramps/haul & service roads enable higher fleet productivity => lower cost per production unit save haulage fleet maintenance cost due to lower wear & tear on trucks can reshape or maintain your existing roads/ramps/benches

Factors such as safety, operator comfort, ease of operations are crucial in mining equipment. What are the steps undertaken by you for providing the same.

The machine comes equipped with an AC cabin with a 360 view of the machine operation with High resolution cameras provide operators comfort specially in 50 Degree  ambient temperature in Coal mines during peak summer. The one touch multi functional joy sticks are crucial in mining equipment for ease of operation.

Your strategy to play in a price sensitive market.

It is  the cost per ton of ore where Wirtgen is a clear winner, having the maximum machines operating in the  private sector – our cost per ton has been the same in spite of the input cost going high ,which is only because of the high productivity.

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