Mining/Metals/Minerals

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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FLEX: A Framework to Help Cut Costs and Increase Speed in Industrial Project Delivery

Craig Resnick, Vice President, ARC Advisory Group is part of the automation consulting team covering PLC/PAC platforms, HMI hardware/software, business visualization, and analytics. He is the primary analyst for ARC’s… Read more »

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5 Reasons Why the World Needs Mining …And Always Will

Thanks to all the recent headlines about the decline in commodity prices and the resulting difficulties being faced by virtually all companies involved in the mining sector, there has been… 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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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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If You Cannot “Control” it, Try to “Manage” it.

Unfortunately, the language we commonly use is semantically very imprecise. This imprecision reduces effective communication. For example, looking at most English language dictionaries it is difficult to distinguish between the… Read more »

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It’s the “Moment of Truth” for Automation Providers

No matter which industry you are dealing with, four key trends are impacting on the core of customers’ automation: Connectivity Security Agility Resources efficiency For industrial automation providers, however, these… Read more »

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Sustainability Embedded in Electrical Equipment

Our planet’s population growth is accelerating.  Its inhabitants are hungry for resources—and electricity is high on the list. Sustainability will be one of the major challenges of our future, and… 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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Fuel Management for Mining: Knowledge is Power

I was thinking about how much gas I use the other day in my constant trips to and from work, to the store, to play tennis, to go on weekend trips,… 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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Technology evolution: from relays and wires everywhere to smart motor starters

I remember when I started to learn about motor control, and my first class was really boring, today this statement could be a little confusing since I am now a product… Read more »

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SF6 in Medium Voltage and High Voltage switchgear unaffected by new EU F-gas regulation

On 9 June 2014 EU F‑Gas Regulation No. 517/2014 came into force. It strengthens measures to contain emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases: hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and – what I’d like to talk about –… Read more »

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Advanced Process Control and Mineral Processing Applications

Mining operations are becoming more complex. The decline in mineral grades, strict regulations and today’s economic scenario are demanding mining companies to optimize their operations, processes and use less consumables… 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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Leveraging IIoT and Analytics to Reduce Equipment Failure

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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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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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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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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Playing DICE with Dr. Diesel’s Moteur to reduce CO2 Intensity

When you look at causality between Carbon in the atmosphere climbing rapidly since the industrial revolution and seemingly going over the top of the ‘carbon budget’ (the point at which… Read more »

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Redefining the complex value supply chains of the commodity and resources sectors to meet the industrial evolution

Over the last century we have grown to be a disposable society – we consume and we waste. This push and pull behaviour is driven by consumer thirst, the growing… 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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Advanced Process Control and Mineral Processing Applications

Mining operations are becoming more complex. The decline in mineral grades, strict regulations and today’s economic scenario are demanding mining companies to optimize their operations, processes and use less consumables… 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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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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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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Sustainability Embedded in Electrical Equipment

Our planet’s population growth is accelerating.  Its inhabitants are hungry for resources—and electricity is high on the list. Sustainability will be one of the major challenges of our future, and… 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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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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