Mining pits and ore processing plants avoid failure thereby reducing reactive maintenance cost, as well as avoiding unplanned downtime and associated opportunity cost. Reduced preventive maintenance means reduced cost and associated inspection manpower, freeing personnel up for other tasks. Finally, reduced preventive maintenance outage and associated opportunity cost.
Metals, Mining, Minerals
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are rapidly changing the way organizations leverage analytics. These systems enable complex analysis that human beings simply cannot perform manually, making it possible to solve difficult problems and identify...
Alek Duerksen’s Global Mining Review article, Making the Difficult Choices, describes the difficulties of tailing disposal and provides suggestions for choosing the proper automated isolation valves for this application.
In mining operations, the comminution process reduces the mined solid materials through crushing, grinding and other means. SAG and Ball mills are one of the most critical pieces of equipment for the process. Mining operators need to optimize grinding mill performance, and reliability to ensure tight shutoff.
Cristián Doerr notes that many industries have dealt with the corrosive issues of salt water for decades and have learned over the years where they can get away with standard practices, and where they are better off investing in more corrosion resistance.
To drive improvements in safety and reliability, it’s important to get real-time insight in the health of the critical mining assets. Not only can additional sensors provide early indication of asset performance issues, the use of preconfigured applications that use machine learning algorithms to continuously analyze process data and condition-based data can alert decision makers to act before failures occur.
Safety is of paramount importance in mining operations—both personnel and process. But what role can today’s rapidly advancing technologies play? From a personnel safety standpoint, miners need identification of personnel in case of emergency with access control and record of working hours inside the mine.
Mining and refining copper into the purity required poses safety, efficiency, and reliability challenges for global miners.
This hydrocyclone separation control and optimization application addresses the problems associated with roping, plugging, and undesired particle classification. It characterizes the different operating parameters of each cyclone. Having this information per cyclone allows the execution of efficient control strategies.
Author: Ana Gonzalez Hernandez In my last post, I introduced Emerson's new resource efficiency approach. With it, Emerson proposes a new way of thinking about resource efficiency. One that encapsulates many aspects of modern industry solutions: we leverage the value...
Many manufacturing processes have challenging fluids flowing through their pipes and vessels. Mining and minerals have some of the most challenging with abrasive and corrosive solids in the flowing fluids. In a Valve magazine article, Challenges of Medium Density...
Author: Alan Novak As noted in a recent Financial Post article, the world's largest mining companies have fallen on hard times. Since 2011, global mining stocks have lost $1.4 trillion in value; more than the value of Apple, Exxon Mobil and Google combined. A few...
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