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Komatsu to Improve Mining Performance with Cloudera IIoT Platform

By Ken Briodagh November 17, 2017

Cloudera, a platform for machine learning and analytics optimized for the cloud, has announced that Komatsu, a global heavy equipment manufacturer, has implemented a cloud-based Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) analytics platform powered by Cloudera Microsoft Azure.

The platform is designed to enable Komatsu teams to help mining customers around the world continuously monitor the performance equipment used in surface and underground mining, increase asset utilization and productivity, and deliver essential resources including energy and industrial minerals for the global economy.

The JoySmart Solutions suite is an IIoT-based service that helps customers optimize machine performance using machine data and analytics. It reportedly can ingest, store and process a wide variety of data from mining equipment operating around the globe at remote locations in harsh conditions, if required. A single machine can have hundreds to multiple thousand data metrics and generate 30,000-50,000 unique time-stamped records per minute.

“With increasing customer demand and more connected machines, we were looking at data growth reaching 30 terabytes per month. Our former environment limited our ability to scale, grow and innovate,” said Anthony Reid, senior manager, analytics, Komatsu. “With Cloudera’s modern platform, we use advanced data analytics and machine learning to power our IIoT success. We now provide customers with better recommendations on machine utilization and deliver services faster. In one example, we were able to make recommendations for a large coal mining company that enabled them to double the daily utilization of their Joy longwall system.”

Komatsu data scientists can now build and deploy machine learning models faster to understand equipment operation, provide better insights for customers and ultimately influence future mining equipment design.

“Komatsu required a modern data platform that not only delivers next-generation machine learning and advanced analytics capabilities in the cloud, but is also scalable to increases in their customers’ equipment utilization and productivity,” said Dave Shuman, IoT and manufacturing industry leader, Cloudera. “With Cloudera, Komatsu can now use the vast amounts of data to help its mining customers manage increasing pressure to be environmentally smarter and more productive at a lower operation cost.”


Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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