Feeding the World
Our world will have nearly 10 billion mouths to feed by 2050. With this burgeoning population, the agriculture industry has some critical work to do. One way to grow more food and increase the effectiveness of every acre is through fertilizers that can help provide essential nutrients for optimum growth.
The Mosaic Company is the world’s leading integrated producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash, two key ingredients in plant fertilizer. Much of Mosaic’s phosphate mining production is located in Florida.
To mine phosphate in this state, the nutrient is pulled out from under the sandy topsoil and sent through pipelines to a processing facility. The facility then uses a series of washing, vibrating and flotation stations to separate the phosphate from the sand and clay.
Mining for Information
To meet growing demands for increased crop yields, Mosaic needed to add a premium fertilizer product line to its New Wales, Florida, facility. In order to accommodate the new process, the company needed to drastically expanded the existing distributed control system (DCS).
The legacy HMI system provided limited to no visibility into key production data. The system only provided big picture elements of the facility and very few data insights. Without contextualized information, operators were not able to make the best informed decisions.
Existing HMI screens were also overly complex and colorful, making it difficult to quickly interpret abnormal conditions and quickly respond.