The Mining Forum at the 2018 Automation Fair® event presented real-world examples of how other companies have increased their productivity and improved efficiencies by implementing the latest automation technologies and applications for the mining industry.
The mining industry is continually challenged to be profitable regardless of the volatility in commodities prices. You look for ways to run a safe operation and comply with regulations while maintaining or increasing production rates. It is a tough situation, but the adoption of technology can help. Learn how mining customers are adopting and using digital solutions to reduce unscheduled downtime, increase throughput and minimize process variability.
The Mining Forum featured the following presentations from experts from these leading companies.
"The Future of Mining is Connected"
Sujeet Chand, SVP & Chief Technology Officer
As Rockwell Automation CTO, Sujeet Chand has the opportunity to interact with our customers across a wide range of industries, including the Mining industry. Sujeet has identified several key trends regarding the way we presently view data, analytics, and safety and security. In this session, he will share ideas on how mining companies can tap into the latest technologies and lean on expertise of industry partners to take operations to the next level and bring the Connected Mine to life.
"From Pollutant to Product: The WVU Rare Earth Element Extraction Program"
Paul Ziemkiewicz, PhD, Director, Water Research Institute
Dr. Ziemkiewicz is leading a research program at West Virginia University and Virginia Tech to develop a process for extracting rare earth (REE) and other critical elements from acidic coal mine drainage (AMD). The program is supported by the USDOE/National Energy Technology Laboratory and Rockwell Automation. Dr. Ziemkiewicz will provide an overview of the research program and its objective of creating a national Rare Earth Element resource base and supply chain around AMD from coal and other mining sources.
"Intelligent Minerals Processing"
Jani Puroranta, Chief Digital Officer
By 2050, minerals processing plants will become much more autonomous and require little human intervention in operations and maintenance. Also, pit-to-port optimization will be much more advanced, based on dynamic models, real-time process data, and actual ore properties. In this presentation, Jani Puroranta, the CDO of Metso, will share ideas about the future technologies that will fundamentally change minerals processing plants in the coming decade.
"Innovating from the Ore Body Out – Automation & Alternative Material Handling Solutions"
Dave Richardson, Engineering Manager and Innovation Leader
Tomorrow’s mine operations will depend on exploiting opportunities to drive non-linear growth in production while minimizing the total cost of ownership through reduced excavation sizes, utility requirements, and time-consuming re-handling of material. In this session, Dave will share the ways the mining industry will lean on automation and alterative solutions for materials handling to turn the mine of today into the mine of tomorrow.
"Bring the Connected Mine to Life: Watch!"
Yasser Muñoz, IT and Process Programmer; Antonio Alvarez, Concentrator II
Operadora de Minas (Grupo Mexico Cananea unit) has two copper concentrators. Through their partnership with Rockwell Automation, the crew and management for the Cananea unit have the ability to connect remotely to the facility to check the overall conditions of the processing plant and view KPIs in real-time. Yasser Muñoz and Entonio Alvarez will give a sneak peek at the way the system looks, and speak to how this added visibility has allowed Grupo Mexico to make crucial business decisions from anywhere in the world in real time.
"Technological Architecture for the Digital Transformation Journey"
Ricardo Toledo, Manager IT Support Systems, Vale
What does digital transformation mean for Vale? And how did Vale prepare its technological architecture to support IT / OT convergence? In this session, Ricardo Toledo, Vale’s manager of industrial applications architecture, will share what the company hopes to achieve in the 2018-2020 cycle, and provide some examples of the initiatives that make up Vale's digital transformation portfolio.
The Automation Fair® Event offers over 20 Hands-on Labs and more than 90 Technical Sessions in addition to the Forums.