Mining/Metals/Minerals

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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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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From Mining to Mineufacturing

Digital disruption in mining is gaining momentum fueled by the intensifying zeal of industry leaders to adopt attested manufacturing philosophies like Lean Manufacturing, Just-in-time production and Total Productive Maintenance.  Led… 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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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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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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3 Easy Steps to add Flexibility to Process Pressure Measurement

Everything matters in marketing. The needs and wants of users from Energy, Buildings, and Industrial domains show similar trends. Though they differ in the business landscape, all users are looking to add flexibility to their… Read more »

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Leverage IIoT to Predict Asset Failure and Reduce Cost

Technology triggers like the Industrial Internet of Things, big data analytics, mobility and workflow collaboration represent new opportunities for significant improvements in asset reliability, efficiency and safety in the power… Read more »

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How Can We Make Automation Architectures fit Industry?

From the inception of the digital technology revolution, automation system architectures have been defined based on the constraints imposed by hardware, software, networking, power and cost imposed by the available… Read more »

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Effective maintenance strategies begin with an understanding of why assets fail

In my previous blog, Plant Asset Performance Management is for everyone, I talked about some of the challenges that manufacturing plants face in their day-to-day operations. In the second installment… 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 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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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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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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5 Steps to transition from “Facilities” Energy Management to “Industrial Process” Energy Management

My previous blog  introduced the five “Process Demand Functions”, which are the things you can do to an industrial process to make it more efficient.  This should be the focus… Read more »

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IT / OT Convergence Part 3 – On the way: moving to the intelligent enterprise…

As mentioned in my previous blog IT/OT Convergence Part 2, the journey towards realizing the benefits of the connected enterprise is a complex one.  The first step is adopting and implementing… 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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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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What does Operational Excellence mean to you?

Over the last few years, I have heard the term “operational excellence” become more frequently used. I always thought I knew exactly what it meant: “making your operations run at… Read more »

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The 4 Keys to Mining Operational Excellence – #1: Business transformation

Operational excellence is more than just a goal to improve the bottom line.  It’s an absolute necessity if you want to survive and prosper in the challenging commodity markets of… 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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Protective Gear for Workers: Does your facility meet labeling requirements?

Electricity – I have heard it called ‘an invisible servant’. It is one of those things in life which you can’t see but you know is there. Most of the… 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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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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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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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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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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Water Management for Mining Operations: The big challenges and potential (technical) solutions

Over the last 3 years I was impressed to see an increase in mining congress and conferences focusing on water management. Water in mining is a key concern for operators, and… Read more »

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Predictive Asset Analytics Software for Mining Operation Improvements

In any asset-intensive industry, organizations strive for optimal performance at all times. They want to limit downtime, control costs, and minimize safety and environmental risks while achieving maximum productivity. In… Read more »

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3 Key Programs Shaping the Future of Mining

In my previous blogs I talked about two of the key trends driving the future of mining, The Impact of China and Sustainability Driving Competitive Advantage.  These are two key… Read more »

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