Mining/Metals/Minerals

Smart Control Harnesses the Industrial Internet of Things

In the last blog, we described how the second transformation pillar – Augmented Operator – enhances knowledge automation by deploying mobile HMI operator panels to empower operator autonomy with the… Read more »

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Empower Mobile Workforce to be Active Participants in Real-Time Operations

Technology, enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), is empowering organizations to shift to a holistic and operations-centric view where proactive and predictive maintenance (PdM) enables front line personnel… 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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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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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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Services Oriented Drives Adapt to All Requirements and Specifications

In last month’s blog, we explained how the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environment, which encompases the convergence of IT and operational technology (OT), is a world first for Schneider…. 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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Do You Know Where Your Assets Are Buried?

When I first got into the sales game years ago, I would sometimes hear this about a veteran salesperson: “He knows where the bodies are buried” (accompanied by a nod… 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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Services Oriented Drives host Connectivity from Factory Floor to Boardroom

This is the first in a series of blogs about Services Oriented Drives, the main purpose of which is to run a motor by controlling its speed where the performance… Read more »

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IT / OT Convergence Part 2 – Realizing the benefits of a connected enterprise

The concept of the connected enterprise is based on the use of open IT standards as a means of connecting devices, equipment, processes and systems in a way that promotes… Read more »

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The next BIG THING for Industrial Energy Management is BIG DATA: Get Ready!

As I reflect on the brilliantly written blog, “Industrial Process Data – A Potential Productivity Gold Mine”, by my colleague John Boville, I’m reminded about the impact of industrial energy… Read more »

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“Arc Flash” vs. “Internal Arc Resistance” – A tale of two terms

I work for an electrical equipment manufacturer. So, when customers ask for the arc flash characteristics of our medium-voltage switchgear, I scratch my head. Because it doesn’t have any. Similarly,… 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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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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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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With Invensys Acquisition, Energy Meets Automation

When most people think of “the future” they invariably gravitate toward consumer devices: Google Glass, privatized space travel and wristwatches with voice and video. The future once promised on Saturday… Read more »

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The Mill of the Future and Technology Enablers

Lately, there have been numerous technical evolutions related to new metallurgical process, equipment, and software technologies. The idea of this blog is not to tackle such technologies, but try to… Read more »

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Virtual reality training for mineral processing plants

In previous posts I have stressed the challenges the mining industry is already facing in trying to close the “qualified” workforce gap. The following “gap” figures help reinforce the message that… 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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Smart Control Harnesses the Industrial Internet of Things

In the last blog, we described how the second transformation pillar – Augmented Operator – enhances knowledge automation by deploying mobile HMI operator panels to empower operator autonomy with the… 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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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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Is the High Cost of Doing Business in the MMM Industry Too Heavy a Load to Carry?

Would you, or could you, do more to help your company’s profitability if you were financially compensated? That is, would you purposely look for opportunities to save money, lower operating… Read more »

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Schneider Electric and Cisco are Natural Partners in Delivering the Internet of Things

In a previous post I touched on the partnership Schneider Electric has with Cisco aimed at helping customers build more efficient data centers.  As our two companies have gotten closer… Read more »

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The Perfect Mining Production Day, Each and Every Day

I’ve had some very interesting conversations recently that have made it clear to me there is a lack of understanding on how to improve a production organisation. My ex-colleague from… 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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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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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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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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