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Vedanta Aluminium wins ‘Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure’ award


NEW DELHI, OCT 7, 2021

Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium and value-added products, has won ‘Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure’ Award at the IDC Digital Transformation (DX) Summit India and Future Enterprise Awards 2021. Vedanta Aluminium has bagged this coveted award in the ‘Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure’ category for its Digital Smelter and Wi-Fi6 projects, deployed in smelter and power operations respectively.

The prestigious IDC Future Enterprise Awards celebrate the tech-enabled resilience of enterprises, as they navigate through the challenges and disruptions of the digital economy in an ever-changing world.

Vedanta is India’s first and the world’s third aluminium smelter to deploy digital-twin based Digital Smelter technology at its Jharsuguda plant, which is the world’s largest single-location aluminium smelter. It uses digital twin technology with predictive and prescriptive analytics, which allows for remote monitoring and control of potline operations, enhances energy efficiency, reduces raw material consumption, and arrests wastage of material through remote advisory systems. It processes historical information and real-time data to generate alerts and insights which are effectively used by the operation and maintenance teams. It also uses machine learning algorithms to provide multiple outcomes such as pot health-related alerts, virtual-sensor based recommendations etc.

The company has also implemented the high-efficiency Wi-Fi 6 network, which is at par with futuristic 5G technology, for seamless, energy efficient, secure, and high-speed connectivity, and lower latency across its power plant network. It has a centralized monitoring and managing system which eliminates the traditional maintenance effort and cost.

Speaking about the company’s digital transformation endeavours, Rahul Sharma, CEO – Aluminium Business, Vedanta Ltd., said, “We strive to make our operations future-ready by integrating best-in-class digital solutions, building in efficiencies to optimize costs and raw material consumption in our quest to become the world’s leading producer of the ‘green metal’ aluminium. Vedanta Aluminium has implemented intelligent automation and digitalization at its plants in a manner that is secure, available, accessible, replicable, and scalable, to produce high-quality aluminium, fueling India’s self-reliance and contributing to its socio-economic prosperity.”

Few other key innovations and technology augmentations deployed at Vedanta Aluminium Business include: Deployment of first-in-industry Deep Learning algorithms and other cutting-edge technologies for Advanced Asset Performance Management at its power plants; Next-gen operational Data Lake and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) implemented to ensure visibility of all critical plant operations and allow for decision making remotely;  Digital Logistics Control Towers which use classical Machine Learning and OR (Operations Research) based mathematical modelling to reduce commodity costs, pilferages, and process ineffectiveness from mines through plants to ports; Deployment of advanced predictive solutions for quality control of finished goods; A Centralized Surveillance Management system that oversees Vedanta Aluminium’s security operations using Image Analytics, Drones, and real-time alerts through Video Management System (VMS).

Vedanta Aluminium’s complex and diverse procurement of commodities, materials and services are fully automated through the e-procurement platform, unlocking substantial efficiencies with faster O2C cycle and business realizations.

Vedanta Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest manufacturer of aluminium, producing half of India’s aluminium i.e., 1.96 million tonnes in FY21. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

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