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Technology Helps World’s Largest Machine

German engineering and technological innovation has enabled them to create the world’s largest terrestrial vehicle. The German-made bucket-wheel excavator known as “Bagger 293” is used for open-pit mining, Bagger 293 towers over the landscape at a height of 310 feet (twice the size of the Statue of Liberty) and is 722 feet in length. To make its story even more remarkable this beast-of-a-machine is made even more effective thanks to remote technology.


Let’s look at more Bagger 293 specs from Popular Mechanics.


  • 31 million pounds of cold steel.
  • 71-foot-diameter bucket wheel for continuous scooping.
  • The wheel is equipped with 18 buckets.
  • Each bucket holds 1,452 gallons.
  • Rips apart 8.48 million cubic feet of Mother Earth each day (equivalent to 96 Olympic-size swimming pools).


And here’s a video showcasing the steel leviathan that is, Bagger 293.




In reality your company has little reason to drop $100 million for a Bagger 293 of your very own–although, it would be money very well spent. The real story is that there’s a lesson in workplace efficiency that we can learn from all of this. Namely, how utilizing remote technology can improve workplace productivity.

On the outside, the Bagger 293 looks like an enormous tank-shovel-death machine, but it’s actually a sophisticated piece of equipment that’s monitored over the Internet using remote technology. As explained by blogger and mining enthusiast GielankPradana:

Automation of the BWEs requires integrating many sensors and electrical components such as GPS, data acquisition systems, and online monitoring capabilities. The goal of these systems is to shift some of the work from the operators in order to achieve higher mining speeds. Project managers and operators are now able to track crucial data regarding the BWEs and other machinery in the mining operations via the Internet. Sensors can detect how much material is being scooped onto the conveyor belt, and the automation system can then vary the speed on the conveyor belts in order to feed a continuous amount of material.

This set up makes Bagger 293 the largest thing on the Internet of Things. Let us pray that its owners, RWE Power AG, have a strong-enough firewall in place to prevent their machine from falling into the hands of terrorist hackers.

Thanks to technology the entire mining process has been automated, this skyscraper-of-a-shovel is able to do its job of moving tons of earth more quickly and efficiently. In fact, this steel behemoth only needs two brave souls to enter its belly to pull its levers. These two operators and the Bagger 293 are able to do the work of 40,000 miners. How can automation software solutions help your business mine deeper profits?

Even though Bagger 293 only needs two operators inside the machine, there’s still a team of high-tech miners outside remotely monitoring its systems. Using an Internet connection, more eyes can gauge the performance of Bagger 293’s critical systems and make adjustments accordingly to maximize its earth-busting performance. This is the same kind of remote technology that Quikteks uses to monitor your company’s network via Internet connection with our managed IT services.

With remote support and automation solutions from Quikteks, your business can be as impressive and efficient as Bagger 293. Call us at (973) 882-4644; we’ll move mountains to find the right solutions for your business.

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