Engineering & Mining Journal

MAR 2019

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58 E&MJ • MARCH 2019 www.e-mj.com PROCESSING SOLUTIONS Mining companies are constantly search- ing for solutions to help them improve productivity to deal with challenges like increasing processing costs and declining ore grades. To holistically address these challenges, Metso has set up a new Perfor- mance Solutions unit dedicated to deliver- ing and sustaining performance improve- ments and measurable business results. The unit, said Metso, creates tailored solutions combining products and ser- vices from across the full Metso portfolio, targeted to meet each customer's individ- ual production and effi ciency objectives. "Performance Solutions are based on in-depth engineering studies and data analysis, which we utilize to iden- tify our customer's improvement oppor- tunities. Agreed enhancements are then implemented at the customer site and sustained long-term, through continuous monitoring and proactive services," said Mikko Keto, president of Metso's Miner- als Services and Pumps business areas. Metso said Performance Solutions builds on the success of its Life Cycle Services offering, which has more than 350 active contracts globally. Taking that concept one step further, with Per- formance Solutions, Metso is focusing on achieving and sustaining agreed-upon im- provements, such as increased through- put or energy effi ciency, for its customers. "We will offer our customers more op- tions for sustained performance optimiza- tion and deepen our partnership by tak- ing a more active role in providing them business outcomes, not just equipment or services," said Keto. Inmarsat, Knight Piésold Offer Remote Tailings Dam Monitoring Satellite communications provider Inmar- sat announced it will be joining forces with Knight Piésold UK to deliver highly accurate tailings dam monitoring, analy- sis and real-time management capabili- ties for the mining industry. The collaboration agreement with Knight Piésold UK, a member of the in- ternational geotechnical, tailings manage- ment and engineering consulting group, will combine Inmarsat's satellite-enabled IoT (Internet of Things) solution, with Knight Piésold's consultancy. This, accord- ing to Inmarsat, will enable smarter deci- sion making, improved safety standards and will support regulatory compliance, offering a new approach to the way tailings dams are currently audited and managed. Inmarsat said mine tailing audits are typically carried out at infrequent intervals, with employees and third-party consultants often making long-distance trips to collect data and audit the status of the dam. The solution makes data available between site visits to any accredited users, anywhere in the world. So, current on-site auditing practices can now be supplemented with a remote, customizable "daily management cycle" with auditor recommendations and real-time decision-making. Inmarsat's solution collects data from a range of industry-standard sensors via edge connectivity such as LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network), be- fore it is transferred across Inmarsat's L-band satellite network to a single cloud dashboard. This, according to Inmarsat, Metso Says New Solutions Unit Delivers Improved, Sustainable Process Results Building on its existing Life Cycle Services solution, Metso's new Performance Solutions focuses on achieving and sustaining agreed-upon improvements, such as increased throughput or energy effi ciency, for its customers. Inmarsat and Knight Piésold UK have been working together since 2017 to develop what they describe as 'an ap- proach to tailings dam monitoring that supports smarter, safer and more regulated mining practices.'

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