Mining/Metals/Minerals

The Secure Power Difference: Risk Mitigation and Beyond

In our first post, we defined what industrial secure power is and some vertical industry applications, but this leaves the all important question of “why” secure power solutions are needed…. Read more »

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Process control requirements for a Steel Mill (and some myths)

After 20 years working with process control and personally helping steel users design some of their systems  I would like to open a discussion and share some insight on how… 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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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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Is it always true…”if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?

Last month, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the cell phone.  It was in April 1973 when a Motorola engineer used the famous DynaTAC brick phone to make the historic… Read more »

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The maturity scale of your Industrial Energy Management Program

We see a lot of industrial end users moving beyond facilities-based energy management to process-based energy management—that is, mitigating energy loss on the process floor, since that’s where the majority… 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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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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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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Are today’s customers loyal?

I don’t think this question can be answered with a simple yes or no. The market in which we operate today does not lend itself to being able to plainly… Read more »

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Static or Rotary UPS: Which is Best for Your Application?

As trends such as digitization, Internet of Things (IoT), and Big Data have a major impact on the flow of global business, the role of power protection devices such as… Read more »

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Mineufacturing: Lessons in Partnerships

Today, we are seeing the transformation of many mining companies to move to a manufacturing way of thinking or what we call “Mineufacturing”.  The level of maturity in managing variability… Read more »

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Ethernet and Automation Controller Marriage Proving to be a Successful One

According to the ARC Advisory Group, about $65 billion in installed process automation systems worldwide are reaching end of life, with most having been in operation for over 20 years…. Read more »

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Filed Away and Forgotten? Keep Power and Utilities Continuous Improvement Strategies Top of Mind

If your manager came to you today and asked you ‘how could we improve profitability ’, what would you say? Would you respond in directives, such as “optimize designs”, “lower… Read more »

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Who Owns the Risk?

Some time ago, my colleague Joseph Reele wrote of the risk implications of various data centre choices that might be made. In that article Reele identified a (possibly simplistic) trade-off… Read more »

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Avoiding the Darkness of Unplanned Downtime With Smart, Highly Available Solutions

Regardless of the process, downtime always means a loss of productivity for a process application. Unplanned downtimes, whether due to component failure or human error, are the most costly ones…. Read more »

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Plant “Asset Performance Management” Is For Everyone

Asset performance management (APM) is a topic of growing importance for plants in asset-intensive industries, which pretty much means all plants. In this series, I’ll take you through the asset… 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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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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The 4 keys of Operational Excellence in Mining

As stated in my previous blog entitled, “Mining operational excellence…shoot for the stars, but be happy to land on the moon,” Operational Excellence can broadly be defined as a state… 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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Ten Points about the Current Global Coal Market

While I’ve been digging into a bunch of different commodities recently, there have been a number of interesting bits and bobs relating to coal that I’ve been squirreling away. Hence,… Read more »

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Services Oriented Drives Support IT/OT Convergence

In the last blog, we tackled issues like power quality and harmonics mitigation in motor drive systems. This time we deal with issues such as asset management and maintenance and… 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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Contactor requirements for hoisting machines under IEC 60204-32 – Part 1

Within the field of electrical technology, the “contactor” has been for many years, the main actor of the motor starting systems , being the most widely used at the time… Read more »

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My Vision of a Safer Industrial Future

In today’s industrial environments, progress is driving more change than ever. New challenges are arising, as well as new opportunities. We know today that the industrial plants of tomorrow will be… Read more »

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Why Proactive UPS Maintenance is Crucial to Preventing Industrial Equipment Failure

Industrial environments can be harsh in terms of temperature, humidity, vibration, dust and all sorts of other elements. Given that, companies tend to take steps to protect the equipment and… Read more »

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Embracing IIoT One Step at a Time

What stands in the way of progress is not technology – it’s us. It’s our desire to stay inside our comfort zone where we happily repeat familiar behaviors. If you… 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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The Secure Power Difference: Risk Mitigation and Beyond

In our first post, we defined what industrial secure power is and some vertical industry applications, but this leaves the all important question of “why” secure power solutions are needed…. Read more »

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