Arch gets nod for use of mining tech

ARCH Coal has been recognized for its innovative use of business technology with a ranking in the tech-themed 2013 InformationWeek 500.

Staff Reporter

The St Louis-based company was recognized for introducing mobile technology into its mining operations.

The company's efforts included the development of custom applications, such as real-time tracking of fuel and lubricant usage for technicians in the field, materials management for onsite engineers and mobile approval of purchase requisitions, timecards and expense reimbursements for managers.

Arch vice president and chief information officer David Hartley said deploying digital technologies in the field allowed the miner to increase efficiencies and lower costs.

"A team-based focus on continuous process improvement often drives our unique technology solutions,” Hartley said.

“Because Arch employees embrace mobile technology, we're saving hundreds of hours of collective time each year, time that instead can be spent on more strategic efforts."

InformationWeek editor-in-chief Rob Preston said the theme of this year’s top 500 ranking was digital business.

“It's a movement rooted in data analytics, mobile computing, social networking and other customer‐focused technologies that are turning companies and industries on their ear," Preston said.

"Every enterprise is now a digital business – or needs to become one fast. The organizations in our ranking are leading the way."

It is the eighth consecutive year Arch has received a ranking in the annual awards.

In 2014, InformationWeek will rank “an elite 100” enterprises with $250 million or more in annual revenue.

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