The Asia Miner

JAN-MAR 2019

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

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the asia miner • volume 16 • issue 1 47 PRODUCT NEWS As China grapples with improving air quality in its urban centers, one of the country's counter measures has resulted in stockyard of iron, steel and the producঞon of other industrial acঞviঞes to move to indoor faciliঞes instead of tradiঞonal outdoor locaঞons. The Jiangsu Binxin Special Steel Material Co. Ltd. (Binxin Steel) decided to upgrade its plant intelligence by moving to an innovaঞve autonomous stockyard management system from Siemens. This also has the advantage of overcoming the challenge of hiring and retaining skilled workers and engineers, while simultaneously providing conঞnuous, safe, secure, and reliable operaঞons. This project is a first step towards upgrading of the company's plant intelligence. To opঞmise throughput ঞmes and guarantee requested quality output, storage and transport systems are an important part of advanced faciliঞes for the transfer of bulk materials such as ore, coal and flux. Through the autonomous operaঞon of stackers and reclaimers, Binxin Steel will be able to achieve higher performance, increased accuracy, full uঞlisaঞon of the stockyard area, and opঞmised energy consumpঞon compared to staffed operaঞon. Siemens' advanced automaঞon soluঞons secure autonomous operaঞon of the end customers' stackers and reclaimers, reducing operaঞonal costs and achieving a smoother and safer operaঞon with less wear and tear on the mechanical parts of the equipment. A core element of the management system is the stockyard 3D model with a record of both quanঞty and quality of materials. The model is updated regularly with data delivered by stackers and reclaimers. This means customers such as Binxin Steel also benefit from higher safety as no operators are needed at the machines: a[er working area and parameters for each job are specified, the details are calculated automaঞcally and approved by the control center – then the job is transferred to the machines. The rest is automaঞc. To prevent collisions between machines and other objects and construcঞons, and therefore equipment outages, the stockyard machine comes with a protecঞon system that uses data which is delivered by sensors. Siemens autonomous stockyard management system comes to China Indoor stockyard building in full-swing Superior Industries, a U.S. based manufacturer and glob- al supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, says it's ready to debut two new tracked conveyor models. Joining the manufacturer's top-selling line of portable conveying soluঞons are a 75-foot (23m) tracked stacker and an 8-by-16-foot (2.4 x 4.9 metre) tracked feed hopper. Following Superior's reputaঞon for heavy-duty designs, the tracked stacker will be one of the heaviest models avail- able in its class at 34,000 pounds (15,420 kilograms). Each stacker is capable of handling up to 1,000 TPH (907 MTPH), while hydraulic power controls the tracks, folds, and discharge height. Cross-bracing designed and built into the undercar- riage of the tracked stacker ensures structural rigidity and stable track travel. The 8x16 tracked portable feed hopper processes up to 800 TPH (725 MTPH) from an 8-cubic-yard, reinforced hop- per. A bi-direcঞonally dumping grizzly is equipped with adjust- able grizzly bars and can be ঞlted at one of five pre-set angles. The hopper's drive and backstop are hydraulically-controlled in addiঞon to the discharge conveyor's fold and raise features. Both the stacker and the feed hopper are equipped with Superior brand conveyor components like off-the-shelf idlers, pulleys and Exterra® Primary Belt Cleaners. Superior introduces two new conveying solutions Superior's tracked stacker

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