Striving to make a difference through advancements in mine safety, environmental care, and financial sustainability, Arch Coal works tirelessly to supply safe, responsible resources that build and develop the world around us. By applying a forward-thinking approach to their strong values, they're powering progress – responsibly.
One of the largest and most efficient coal producers in the world, representing roughly 16% of America’s coal supply, Arch Coal needed a mobile application for their blasting process. With an inaccurate, time-consuming, and cumbersome process that technicians had to perform by hand every day that also required government oversight, the right solution was not obvious for an in-house staff to create for their technicians to use at their mining site.
Technology Partners took on the task of developing an HTML5 prototype for the mobile application, which would allow the business to keep the cost low while buy-in for sufficient budgeting from upper management took place. After proving the concept for the new applications, Technology Partners moved forward on converting the prototype into a native mobile application for iOS. This automated system for blasting predictions showed depth, range, and necessary materials for each shot, allowing the technician to generate a PDF with drawings and calculations of those predictions.
The new system provided increased efficiency, allowing users to make blast predictions onsite quickly and easily. The app lead to better planning, reducing waste of expensive blasting materials. With safer blasts, better reporting, and an elegant finished product, the business was able to meet government regulations while also satisfying the needs of their technicians.
If I had to sum up our relationship in one word it would be quality. Quality organization, quality employees, and they help us provide a quality product.
Mary Heger, CIO & Vice President of Ameren
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