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APR-JUN 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 2 64 PRODUCT NEWS Siemens has launched an iniঞaঞve to enable fast ramp-up and reconfiguraঞon of producঞon faciliঞes together with partner companies from the mechanical engineering, automoঞve, roboঞcs and informaঞon technology industries. The fast ramp-up of producঞon faciliঞes is becoming increasingly important across all industries. Companies in the automoঞve and supply industry are facing major challenges. More and more variants of different automobile models are entering the market with increasingly short product runঞmes. The ramp-up and reconfiguraঞon of producঞon lines cause plant shutdowns which represents a further challenge for machine builders and plant manufacturers. Together with other companies and insঞtutes, Siemens has launched an iniঞaঞve to quickly ramp-up and reconfigure producঞon lines. The companies already involved include Bär, Balluff, BayernLB, BoldlyGo, Chiron, Dataahead, Deutsche Leasing, Festo, Fraunhofer Insঞtute, Heller, iba, Kampf, Kolbus, KUKA, MAG, maincubes, N+P Industrial Design, Ri•al & German Edge Cloud, seioTec, Sick, Spinpartners and Wi•enstein. A[er joint preparatory work, the scheme is now in its consolidaঞon phase unঞl the "Pitch Day" on 23 May 2019. The 'Fast Ramp-Up Challenge' pilot project has set itself a record-breaking goal: Seমng up joint producঞon cells from several companies in just two days. The open, cloud-based IoT operaঞng system MindSphere developed by Siemens will be used as the enabler. It connects products, plants, systems, and machines in producঞon. The aim of the Fast Ramp-Up Challenge is, among other things, to develop transparent processes and enable employees. Many companies taking part in the iniঞaঞve are already associates of MindSphere World e.V. As members of the forum and users of MindSphere, they are involved in the advancement of the IoT operaঞng system and the joint development of new approaches in the areas of technology and business processes. Siemens launches an initiative for fast ramp-up of production facilities Maptek has released a cold climate model of its award- winning mobile Sentry system for stability monitoring. The exciঞng newcomer to the Maptek technology porolio answers the imperaঞve for conঞnuous, reliable measurements of ground movement no ma•er the environment. "Risk management remains a priority", said Product Manager, James Howarth. "If anything, the reliable operaঞon of technical equipment is even more criঞcal in extreme condiঞons. "Climate factors play an important role in the execuঞon of any mining project. Extremely low temperature condiঞons require considerable planning and logisঞcs, especially from an operator safety perspecঞve." Maptek Sentry is a mobile remote monitoring system that uses laser scanning to conঞnuously measure ground movement with extremely fine spaঞal resoluঞon and accuracy. Housed in a self-contained unit with autonomous power and communicaঞons capabiliঞes, Sentry relies on sophisঞcated so[ware to monitor, analyse and report in real-ঞme. The Sentry system can operate conঞnuously from -20°C to +50°C, with operaঞon for a limited ঞme in temperatures below -20°C. It requires an XR3 cold climate laser scanner, which has been redesigned and tested to operate at these low temperatures. A removable neoprene jacket for the scanner provides extra protecঞon against wind chill. Maptek redesigned all the major components in the standard temperature Sentry mobile system, with significant changes to achieve the required cold climate specificaঞons. In deep cold weather, the charge acceptance of ba•eries is very low. Keeping ba•eries warm maximises power output and ability to accept a charge. The ba•ery pack and housing in the Sentry system has been redesigned and insulated to keep the unit at a stable operaঞng temperature. Other built- ins such as generator, hydraulics and electrical systems were adapted to maintain energy efficient, cost-effecঞve operaঞon. "What hasn't changed is the proven capability to monitor mulঞple areas," added Mr Howarth. The 3D point cloud data that has been collected while monitoring can be used for geotechnical analysis and other applicaঞons. The Maptek laser scanner can also be redeployed from the monitoring for rouঞne survey tasks. Sentry safe, continuous mine monitoring extended to cold climates

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