Mining/Metals/Minerals

Worried about the reliability of your ageing LV or MV networks – read on to discover your options

Do you have a strategy for modernising or replacing your aging LV and MV electrical switchgear? A reliable, safe, easily maintainable power network is more crucial than ever because downtime… Read more »

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So you have old switchgear installed: what next?

The question on spending a significant portion of finances in maintenance and services of one’s installation has baffled many of us. There are no second thoughts on the fact regularly scheduled maintenance,… 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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Mining the “Gemba” from Big Data – The Answers are Simpler Than You Think

“People who can’t understand numbers are useless. The gemba* where numbers are not visible is also bad. However, people who only look at the numbers are the worst of all.”… Read more »

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5 questions you need to ask when dealing with aging electrical distribution equipment

Aging electrical equipment and components are not only inefficient, they’re potentially dangerous. Overheating in electrical enclosures, usually caused by loose connections and friction (due to lack of or improper lubrication) can… Read more »

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Winning with a Straight Flush in Poker: Plant-Wide Scenario-Based Simulation Training

In the previous two blogs I discussed the fact that skilled plant operators ensure higher levels of plant safety, reliability and profitability.  I also mentioned that Operator Training Simulators (OTS) can… Read more »

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Business Continuity: Top Issue for Industrial Power Blog Readers

Various subject matter experts at Schneider Electric write a lot of blog posts in the course of a year, so as 2016 comes to an end it’s a good time… Read more »

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Virtual Reality – Step Into the Future of Plant Crew Training

Most likely you already know that Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are rapidly evolving and growing technologies.  They utilize the latest high powered computers and graphics cards to… Read more »

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To Err is Human, to Have the Safest Operators is Divine – OTS

“Human error” is a key contributor to incidents and accidents in plants. While different analyses report differing percentages where “abnormal situations” are attributable to “human error”, the numbers are remarkably consistent. For… Read more »

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Controls Pre-commissioning Is Like Checking your Parachute Before Jumping…A Very Wise Decision.

Wouldn’t you want to make sure your parachute rip chords are OK before jumping out of a plane?  Me too.  Safety first, right?  Well, it’s the same idea with performing… 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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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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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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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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Without information mining stops!

In Australia, I have seen a bumper sticker that states “Without trucks Australia stops”.  This statement is in reference to the important role that trucks play in the process of… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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