Engineering & Mining Journal

DEC 2018

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100 E&MJ • DECEMBER 2018 PROCESSING SOLUTIONS Metso has expanded its digital Metso Metrics offering with the launch of a new predictive maintenance solution for min- ing equipment, aimed to help maximize the uptime and performance of comminu- tion circuits. The service was introduced at the recent Automation Fair conference hosted by Rockwell Automation in Phila- delphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Metso said its Metrics solution is de- signed to provide global mining custom- ers improved visibility and new insights into their equipment and processes with analytics, condition monitoring and pre- dictive maintenance, backed by expert support from Metso. The company said the combination of advanced technology and expertise will bring Metso services closer to customers by improving collabo- ration, asset reliability and optimization. "Optimization of existing assets and processes is now the key to drive pro- ductivity at mine sites. This is where digitalization coupled with expert sup- port really comes into play — connect- ing the right data with the right people," said Jani Puroranta, chief digital offi cer, Metso. "With innovative digital tools like Metso Metrics, minerals process- ing plants can shift from reactive-mode to being proactive and focused on con- tinuous improvement." The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution is built on the Rockwell Automa- tion FactoryTalk Cloud platform, powered by Microsoft Azure. It securely collects data from hundreds of sensors within Metso equipment to assess process per- formance, as well as predict component wear and failure. Metso performance teams analyze the data with the support of advanced machine learning algorithms, to help customers optimize equipment operations and processes. "Mining companies need more visi- bility to their processes, equipment performance, and supply chain to im- prove safety and effi ciency, reduce ener- gy usage, and, ultimately, inform better business decisions," said Blake Moret, chairman and CEO, Rockwell Automa- tion. "This connected mine solution al- lows mining companies to derive measur- able business value from their operations, allowing for better collaboration and in- creased productivity." The new offering covers Metso's pri- mary gyratory crushers, cone crushers and vibrating screens. In the future, other types of minerals processing equipment, such as mills, will be addressed, accord- ing to the company. The fi rst generation of Metso Metrics tools, focused on help- ing aggregate and quarry producers, were introduced in 2017. Modular Trommel Line Offers Long Life, Easier Maintenance FLSmidth recently introduced a com- pletely re-engineered trommel chassis and associated screen media package. The new trommel designs, said the com- pany, have been developed using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) design calcula- tions to ensure they are structurally sound and can offer excellent service life. The re-engineered trommel frames utilize modular design and standardized construction principles that provides a frame with less mass while maintaining maximum structural integrity. The new design employs screen media that is cus- tom designed to be easy and safe to in- stall and service. The screening media weigh less than 25 kg each and are fi tted to the trommel using friction grip rails that don't require bolts or pins. Panel fi tting and main- tenance activities can be carried out quickly and safely using simple tools, reducing the time it takes to perform routine maintenance activities, according to the company. Discrete Element Analysis (DEM) soft- ware, available to customers through FLS- midth, simulates trommel operation and Metso Unveils Plant Predictive Maintenance Solution The latest version of Metso's expanded Metrics service covers its primary gyratory crushers, cone crushers and vibration screens, with other types of equipment to be included in future releases.

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