Mining Weekly Digitalizing minerals processing for more control – Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly
Mining’s accelerated move toward digital solutions since the outbreak the Covid-19 pemic is being supported by FLSmidth’s decades of research development.
Terence Osborn, FLSmidth’s director of product account management for sub-Saharan Africa the Middle East, highlights that R&D is the lifeblood of the company’s new technologies. So much so, that it has some 80 projects underway to improve its mining-related offerings.
“The power of digital technology is certainly a key element of these efforts,” says Osborn. “Together with our Blue Box digital concept, based on our ECS/ControlCenter™, which is a cybersecure interface between our equipment cloud data storage, we use our SiteConnect™ mobile app to monitor the performance of equipment process plants in real time. The ECS/ControlCenter™ V8 process control platform sits at the heart of our digital vision, a key component in our growing portfolio of digital solutions services that we call ENABLR.”
An example of this applied capability is an FLSmidth REFLUX® Classifier modular plant operating on a South African mine. Using SiteConnect, operations managers can have real-time access to over a hundred operational parameters on the plant. Data analytics linked to the cloud data can also generate time-based trends for instant viewing on the app.
“We have also developed SmartCyclone™ technology for our hydrocyclones,” Osborn notes. “This innovation uses sensors to detect wear roping, a condition that reduces separation efficiency. By sending an alert when certain operating parameters are breached, the system