Komatsu Launches Australian Innovation Team
This article was originally published on the Australian Mining website on 22/08/2017.
Komatsu has established a new Australian management team focused on market innovation.
The team will build on Komatsu’s implementation of information communications technology to take advantage of the company’s developing technologies and innovations.
Todd Connolly has been appointed to the newly created role of Komatsu Australia general manager – market innovation.
Connolly said his role had been designed to ensure the company remained at the forefront of technology and innovation for the benefit of customers.
He starts the role after three years as the Komatsu’s head of information communication technology, where Connolly oversaw the successful launch of the INSITE fleet management centre at the Fairfield headquarters.
Connolly said by monitoring machine, production and industry parameters across all Komatsu machines operating in the region through INSITE, the company had harnessed the latest ICT (Information Communications Technology) to derive maximum benefits.
“Through our market innovation initiative, we are now looking to take this to the next level,” Connolly said.
“Over the nearly 100 years of our history, Komatsu globally has become established as a technical leader in our industries, something that has really accelerated in the past few years.
“We are leaders across so many areas, such as KOMTRAX remote machine monitoring and telemetry, autonomous haulage, hybrid machines, intelligent Machine Control, and our recently launched Smartconstruction concept.”
Connolly said technical innovation was at the core of Komatsu’s DNA.
“Globally, Komatsu invests heavily in R&D – around $A600 million annually. And of course, the ultimate reason why we do this is to help our customers get the most from their investment in Komatsu products and services,” Connolly said.
“Innovation, by its nature, means we always have to be looking forward, to see what trends and disruptive technologies are coming down the line, so we can best serve our customers.”
Included in Komatsu’s Market Innovation group are areas that Connolly already held responsibility for, including ICT, CMS (condition monitoring service) and INSITE fleet management, along with some significant additional transformational processes.
In addition to existing ICT platforms like KOMTRAX and CMS, the Market Innovation team will be responsible for the creation of a “digital blueprint” for the business, which will align Komatsu’s business objectives with its technical innovations.