Mining/Metals/Minerals

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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The central control room in 5 basic disciplines

A central control room is the dream of any intensive operation: The desire to have in a single location,  several remote operations and the ability to take business decisions. But… 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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How mobility, big data, and social media impact the mining and metals industry

I’ve always liked to write articles about trends and their applications in the heavy / process industries. Most of the time, I’ve focused on trends related to automation, process control,… Read more »

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Sustainability driving competitive advantage for the mining industry

For some time I have been thinking about the realism of society moving towards a sharing culture. What happens when we “borrow” instead of “buy”? I was reminded of this… Read more »

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Video analytics technology and the impact for the mining and metals industries

Even though the systems are high tech, the concept of the video analytics is quite simple: the ability of the camera systems to analyze images in a defined context. Without… Read more »

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One size no longer fits all

The global economy in recent years has certainly become increasingly volatile. It is more and more difficult to make forecasts about what the economy will look like by the end… Read more »

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Are you doing everything you can to protect your operation from severe weather?

As someone who has worked in the mining and metals industry for many years, I am always looking for new specialty solutions that  could be aligned with this industry.  One of… 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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Increase Asset Availability, Reliability and Performance with APM 4.0

There is a revolution happening in asset performance management (APM). The intersection of Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and technologies such as predictive maintenance, cloud, big data and… 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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People: The Human Side of Mining Operational Excellence

Visit any mine or head office and you’ll notice they are hives of activity where people are busy performing a wide range of tasks, all of which contribute in some… 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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“We already have a Downtime System”…Or do you?

It’s been a while since I have written on Downtime Systems (see World Coal magazine, June 2013 edition for a comprehensive review of downtime across the supply chain), but the… Read more »

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How Advanced Process Control is Positively Changing Performance Metrics

Guest Blogger: Rachel Carson, Marketing Intern for the Process Industries Today we live within a modern age of rapidly accelerating technology. From self-driving trucks to face-recognition payment systems, there is… Read more »

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Optimization in Action

In today’s environment, Mining, Minerals, and Metals (MMM) plant managers continuously face new challenges and requirements, including the need for: Higher energy efficiency Increased run lengths Reduced product quality variability… Read more »

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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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What is your Operator Training Strategy?

No matter your vocation, we all recognize the need for training. Today’s economic and demographic indicators predict a growing training need, to the tune of five million new employees each… 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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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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