The Asia Miner

OCT-DEC 2018

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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the asia miner • volume 15 • issue 4 41 SUPPLIER NEWS In our digitally connected world, technology is increasingly impacঞng and driving most industrial sectors, including mining. Across these industries, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is growing in prominence, with an expanding array of objects communicaঞng, exchanging data and funcঞoning autonomously. A key development in IIoT is the use of sensors to collect large amounts of data from mining equipment, which is subsequently analysed and transformed into acঞonable insights for operators. In an industry that depends on the efficiency and reliability of their assets, this delivers a number of benefits including improved performance and producঞvity and the avoidance of unplanned downঞme. As a market leader in the mining engineering industry, Weir recognised this trend several years ago. A[er nearly 150 years of making customers more efficient, the company developed Synertrex®, their own IIoT plaorm. A synthesis of technology, innovaঞon, experঞse and knowledge, Synertrex® was developed to make opঞmal performance a reality. While IIoT usage within the mining industry is sঞll in its early stages, a 2017 Inmarsat study found that 12 per cent of mining respondents have already fully or parঞally implemented IIoT based soluঞons into their operaঞons. The World Economic Forum predicts that in the period 2016-2025, digital transformaঞon could impact the mining industry by between $428 billion and $784 billion. Producঞvity is a key advantage of IIoT. Predicঞve maintenance helps detect problems so equipment can be repaired before it fails, saving money through the reducঞon of unplanned downঞme while increasing safety. Weir's Synertrex® plaorm delivers these advantages drawing upon Weir's expert knowledge and experঞse, as well as that of their technology partners Dell and Microso[. Using criঞcal operaঞng data to generate fact- based insights, customers can monitor Mining and IIoT – the push forward their equipment anywhere, anyঞme. Currently, the porolio of Synertrex® enabled products within the plaorm includes Warman® pumps, Cavex® hydrocyclones, GEHO® PD pumps, Enduron® HPGR, Enduron® screens and Enduron® crushers. Weir has developed the Synertrex® plaorm as a highly specific augmentaঞon of their key products, as opposed to creaঞng a generic plaorm that can support many different companies and products. Embedding their applicaঞon engineering experঞse in an IIoT plaorm allows Weir to extend their service further and be closer to the customer, with engineers and technicians ready to follow up on any alerts generated by Synertrex® plaorm. The advantage of creaঞng a modular plaorm means that it can support a variety of users from novice to expert. The Synertrex® plaorm's implementaঞon of edge compuঞng enables the provision of alerts in real ঞme, and circumvents issues with data transmission if there is a break in connecঞvity. A significant amount of operaঞonal data is analysed and summarised on the edge, which reduces the need to transmit large quanঞঞes of informaঞon to the cloud. Any anomalies are flagged and sent to the cloud for further analysis, resulঞng in increased cost efficiency from a data viewpoint. The analyঞcal capabiliঞes of edge compuঞng combined with the almost infinite storage capacity of the cloud enables the Synertrex® soluঞon to capture more data than ever before. Increased data results in more powerful, in-depth insights that provide its customers with meaningful informaঞon as to how they can improve their equipment, processes and plants. Alasdair Monk, Group IoT Product Management Director remarks "Synertrex has been a huge advancement for Weir. It has posiঞoned us where we can go to market with a porolio of products which few, if any of our direct compeঞtors have at this point in ঞme. I believe we are part of significant change in the mining industry and broader world, from a digital perspecঞve, and that puts us in a very good posiঞon to build and grow."

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