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

7th October 2021

  • Accolade for Digital Smelter & Wi-Fi 6 Project conferred by IDC Future Enterprise Awards

New Delhi; 07th October 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. 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 Aluminium has bagged this coveted award in the ‘Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure’ category for its Digital Smelter and Wi-Fi 6 projects, deployed in smelter and power operations respectively.

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 & 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 system. 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 centralized monitoring and managing system which eliminates the traditional maintenance effort and cost.

Speaking about the company’s digital transformation endeavours, Mr. 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 the 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, while employees maintain social distancing and yet fulfil their activities on the plant floor.
  • Digital Logistics Control Towers have been developed for coal, alumina, and bauxite, 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, which will improve material quality and volume.
  • A Centralized Surveillance Management system oversees Vedanta Aluminium’s security operations using Image Analytics, Drones, and real-time alerts through Video Management System (VMS).
  • Improving Health, Safety and Environment performance by using Image Analytics and centralized real-time fire systems monitoring for better control and governance.
  • 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.
  • Usage of real-time Thermal Vision Analytics in multiple plant sites for identification of hot spots in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), which helps in improving asset reliability and reducing safety hazards.

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.

About Vedanta Limited:

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa, Namibia, and Australia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Vedanta has put in place a comprehensive framework dedicating itself to the highest ESG standards to emerge as leaders in this space. It is among the 24 Indian companies who are signatories to the ‘Declaration of the Private Sector on Climate Change’ and is committed to decarbonizing its operations by 2050. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. The company’s flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars, have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Under the aegis of the Anil Agarwal Foundation, the umbrella entity for Vedanta’s social initiatives, the Vedanta group has pledged Rs 5000 crore over the next five years on social impact programmes with a thrust on nutrition, women & child development, healthcare, animal welfare, and grass-root level sports. Vedanta and the group companies company have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and was conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2020, CSR Health Impact Award 2020, CII National Award 2020 for Excellence in Water Management, CII Digital Transformation Award 2020, ICSI National Award 2020 for excellence in Corporate Governance, People First HR Excellence Award 2020, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and certified as a Great Place to Work 2021. Vedanta’s flagship Nand Ghar Project was identified as best CSR project by Government of Rajasthan. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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About Vedanta Aluminium Business:

Vedanta Aluminium Business, a part of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of Aluminium, producing almost half of India’s aluminium or 1.96 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) in FY21. Vedanta 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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Ms. Sonal Choithani
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Aluminium Business, Vedanta Ltd.


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