Mining/Metals/Minerals

Augmented Reality: how quickly can it transition from shiny new innovation to standard industry infrastructure?

Even though WiFi as an innovation in underground mining was first adopted way back in 2006 (see this article in MIT Technology Review), it still has not become completely ubiquitous… Read more »

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3 Ways to Maximize Return on Assets with Risk-Based Maintenance

Organizations in asset-intensive industries are constantly challenged to deliver maximum return on assets (ROA) while working with minimal budgets, data integrity challenges and lack of insight into the factors driving… Read more »

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Industrial UPS vs. Standard UPS: Fundamental Differences Determine Investment Strategy

Poor power quality can wreak havoc on business systems uptime impacting both safety and driving up operational costs. From a safety perspective, imagine a mine that experiences an outage and… Read more »

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Know, Think, & Do – Resources on Digitization in Mining that can Help you make some sense of it all

Digitization in the mining industry remains the topic of much discussion…and much confusion!  In fact, I just returned from a trip to China where I heard people say, “We don’t… Read more »

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Discover the Future of Digital Transformation

No matter the vertical market, industrial companies today operate under multiple constraints – an aging workforce, increasing regulatory burdens and tighter margins. In order to maintain profitability under these circumstances,… Read more »

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Shaping Tomorrow’s Mine

Mega Trends defining the Future of Mining, Minerals and Metals Today, we continue to see an increase in global consumption as worldwide population growth, together with upward trends in urbanization… Read more »

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Let’s Rethink the Importance of Value Chain Visibility

By John MacDonald, Subject Matter Expert & Consultant for Mining, Schneider Electric Mining on the Rebound? Analysts are divided as to whether we (the mining industry) are at the bottom… Read more »

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Don’t Get Connected to Become Efficient, Become Efficient to Get Connected!

I love the game of squash. In recent years, it has been re-invigorated by technology including glass courts and digital distribution via the web. If you love sports and exceptional… Read more »

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IIoT is alive and well in Ekaterinburg!

At the beginning of July I had the honour of speaking at the Smart Manufacturing conference at Innoprom 2017, an annual Russian trade fair focused on the priorities driving world industry… Read more »

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10 Reasons Why Integrated Planning and Optimization Solutions are Key to Mining Operational Success

By: Rachel K. Carson, MarCom Intern for Process Industries Today’s mining commodities world is ever changing. As production costs are steadily increasing and operations are expected to be lightning fast and… Read more »

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Top challenges faced by the mining industry and its implications (Part 1)

Mining by definition is a multifaceted industry with a complex chain of operations, process intensive and strongly influenced by external factors (from weather to commodities prices).  Besides these inherent challenges,… Read more »

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The fusion of two cultures…Information and Operational Technology convergence

In today’s mining world there are many trends shaping the future of mining. Some trends challenge the economic, social and environmental aspects of the industry. Others provide opportunities for mining… Read more »

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Schneider Electric’s Acquisition of Invensys and what it means for our System Integrator Alliance Partners

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Schneider Electric has acquired Invensys. With the regulatory process complete, we are now in a position to share more information with you on… Read more »

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Five Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency in your Process

It’s easy to understand why Industrial Energy Management often starts with the building utilities, such as HVAC adjustments, boiler tuning, lighting upgrades, and air compressors: 1. The role of the Energy… Read more »

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What’s the best way to maintain an electrical system?

An electrical network is the lifeblood that drives business operations. Network operators and plant managers face a two-fold problem: maintaining their networks to ensure uninterrupted power while dealing with budget… Read more »

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Building a company greater than the sum of its parts

No doubt you have heard that Schneider Electric has acquired Invensys. There has been much speculation about the details of this deal among our customers, partners and suppliers, in the… Read more »

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Why do you need to comply with ISO50001?

The International Standards Organization is probably most famous for ISO9001, which defines Industrial Quality Management standards, and ISO14001, which is central to Environmental Management Systems. Sure, you can build a… Read more »

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The internet of things (IoT) and….. Mining operations?

In a previous blog regarding technology trends I wrote a short paragraph about the internet of things and my humble vision of it. However, looking back at my post and… Read more »

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Transform Big Data to Actionable Insights with Enterprise Data Management

It’s no secret that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has led to an ever-expanding explosion of big data. Most assets today are equipped with data-transmitting sensors that communicate with… Read more »

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Leveraging Technology to Improve Workforce Competency in Mining, Metals, and Minerals

The high cost of doing business tops the mining industry challenges. In addition to maximizing returns, companies must improve performance, efficiency, and operational effectiveness. The cost is further amplified when… Read more »

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Why do you need to comply with ISO50001?

The International Standards Organization is probably most famous for ISO9001, which defines Industrial Quality Management standards, and ISO14001, which is central to Environmental Management Systems. Sure, you can build a… Read more »

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How to attract new (and skilled) professionals to the mining and metals industry

In many industries, the aging workforce combined with the lack of qualified new professionals arriving to those industries has become a major problem. Some studies believe that the gap between… Read more »

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Variable speed drive: Back to the features

A Variable Speed Drive (VSD) is obviously able to run a motor at variable speeds, but it is also a smart actuator, fully capable of being connected and integrated into… Read more »

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Increased cement production drives up energy costs and emissions, forcing manufacturers to overhaul the energy used within production

During 2011 and 2012 we saw the global consumption of cement rise to new levels of 3585Mt in 2011 and 3736Mt in 2012*.  With production rising, the cement industry faces… Read more »

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Don’t Let an Aging UPS Bring You Down: Assess Your Replacement Options

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is something like an airplane in that it must work all the time; if it fails some pretty awful things can happen. What’s more, if… Read more »

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Open Architectures in Control

Businesses today, across a broad spectrum of industries, are looking to deploy integrated and cost effective automation solutions from the plant floor to the wider enterprise. As well as for… Read more »

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An e-House Substation that Ushers in New Technology and Rethinks Standards

Prefabricated E-house (HV/LV) substations are a booming, fiercely competitive business. I’m talking about applications that range from PV or wind farm boxes to shore connections and data centres. I’m also… Read more »

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Top challenges faced by the mining industry and its implications (Part 2)

In this part of the discussion I’d like to review how “regulations and compliance” along with “grade and quality decline” present additional challenges for the mining industry. Regulations and compliance… Read more »

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A case study: Comparison of MV and LV solutions for mine conveyor applications

Conveyor applications are some of the most common, and the most essential, in the mining, minerals, and metals industries. Typically motors for conveyor applications range from several kW to 1200… Read more »

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Secure Power Beyond the Data Center

In today’s digital world, when we think about problems around power interruptions, the systems that are top of mind for many of us are information technology (IT) systems, meaning everything… Read more »

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