Engineering & Mining Journal

FEB 2019

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FEBRUARY 2019 • E&MJ 65 www.e-mj.com PROCESSING SOLUTIONS slowly rotating the throatbush, we even out the material loss over the entire face. Field results have been very positive, showing an average of 40% increase in wear life," said Claudio Needham, appli- cation engineer for Weir Minerals. For the smaller Warman slurry pumps used in medium- to heavy-duty applica- tions, Weir Minerals offers a single-point adjustment mechanism, providing both ax- ial and rotational repositioning. This allows one individual to safely stand to the side of the pump while making the adjustment. Weir said mining operators who have trialed its adjustment technology have re- ported improved wear life and safer, sim- pler maintenance through the process of regular adjustment. Weir Minerals has already taken its adjustment technology one step further by integrating it with their IIoT Syner- trex platform to offer predictive mainten- ance feedback. "This is made possible through machine learning. Over time Synertrex learns from past adjustments, recording how many times the throatbush was adjusted and the magnitude of adjustment each time," Lane said. "This trending data is collected and analysed by Synertrex to communicate fu- ture adjustment requirements. Through au- tomating all adjustments, we can success- fully communicate remaining useful life, and inform customers of optimum times to adjust the pump to increase effi ciency and maximise wear life." Emerson Introduces Plant Automation Training Platform Emerson, a global supplier of technology and engineering solutions for industry, re- cently introduced the Performance Learn- ing Platform, described as a portable and compact automation technology training solution that enables hands-on train- ing to prepare workers to maintain their plant safely and effi ciently. The platform reinforces the competencies essential to fostering digital transformation and helps close the workforce skills gap as the In- dustrial Internet of Things (IoT) era con- tinues to change the way process com- panies do business. Emerson said its collaboration with both private industry and higher education has revealed an urgent need to address the skills gap in digital automation tech- nologies and how it can impact an organi- zation's operations. According to a 2018 Manufacturing Institute study, the skills gap may leave an estimated 2.4 million po- sitions unfi lled between 2018 and 2028. "We designed the Performance Learn- ing Platform as a fl exible, hands-on train- ing tool with real-world instrumentation that will help bridge a critical knowledge and skills gap that continues to challenge the industry," said Jeff Hackney, global educational services director for Emerson's Automation Solutions business. "This gap exists in large part because technological advances are outpacing the industry's cur- rent training strategies and tools. We need a new approach to ensure that workers keep pace and students get practical ex- perience on instrumentation products." Emerson said its Performance Learn- ing Platform can help a new generation of workers become adept at applying, using and maintaining the latest digital auto- mation technologies. It provides process control and instrumentation simulation to train or refresh current workers on how to monitor and control complex operations involving pressure, fl ow, level and fi nal control valves. Colleges can use the platform to give students fi rsthand experience on an ac- tual plant-like process. Ranken Technical College has worked closely with Emerson to develop and utilize the Performance Learning Platform for developing the skills Ranken students need now in the workforce. "Rapid integration of emerging technologies is crucial for future econom- ic growth," said Stan Shoun, president of Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. "The Performance Learn- ing Platform allows industry and educa- tion to provide the hands-on automation training needed globally." The Performance Learning Platform features a complete working control-loop piping system, tanks, pumps and a fully scalable suite of Emerson instrumenta- tion and fi nal control valves linked to a DeltaV distributed control system. Each unit ships with an integrated video library that provides step-by-step instruction in a range of realistic scenarios, allowing us- ers to learn and experiment without the expense and risks of on-the-job training. A lab workbook and supporting eLearning courses are also available. Emerson said the platform is built on a steel frame with casters, able to fi t through most standard-size doors, occu- pies only a small area and is plug and play. It requires only water, compressed air and power to operate, making it prac- tical for on-site training or classroom use. Emerson says the compact unit requires only water, compressed air and power to operate, making it practical for on-site training or classroom.

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