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Satisfying the global hunger for raw materials, facing reduced ore grades, a tight labor market, and producing on highest quality standards, while saving environmental resources – these are the key challenges of the mining industry. Siemens automation solutions offer a comprehensive portfolio for every automation level. They are the right answer for highest productivity on reduced Total Cost of Ownership in this challenging environment.
We provide you with a complete field instrumentation portfolio for the minerals process – and this is crucial for your whole mining automation and, for example, reduces the need to send operators into hazardous applications. As process control system for minerals operations we offer you our Minerals Automation Standard, which is based on SIMATIC PCS 7 – one of the leading DCS systems in the process industry – and on CEMAT, the market leader for process control in the cement industry.
Siemens Automation is a seamless integrated automation solution from sensor level to complete process automation, highly scalable and with open standards for easy integration of electrical devices, drives, MCCs, process instrumentation and vendor packages. Interfaces to business plant level together with mining-specific advanced automation solutions and a worldwide available first-class lifecycle service make Siemens Automation a cutting-edge and future-proof solution for every automation and control task in a mine.
The control system of the SIMINE Gearless mill drive is seamlessly integrated in an overall process control based on the Minerals Automation Standard and SIMATIC PCS 7. An automation solution with enhanced diagnostic features and operational support – highly adapted to the specific requirements and mechanics of our gearless mill solution.
Several, and specific APC applications – based on the integrated APC library – help you to reach and maintain a constant product quality through optimization of production, throughput and energy efficiency. Further APC applications for specific minerals process areas are under development.
Remote operation center for operation of remote mine operations allows reducing the number of on-site staff as well as consolidating high-levels of skills in a single location. In addition process and equipment performance analysis can be conducted in these centers. Security, high performance networks, and the possibility of the integration of mulitvendor process control systems at the mine are key for a successful implementation of a remote operation center.
A simulation system interconnected to the process control system for FAT and operator training enables faster production start-up and highest operational efficiency from the very first day of operation. During the lifecycle of the plant a simulation system supports training of new operator personnel and any migration projects.
Advanced automation solutions starting with Driver Assist for mine equipment up to complete autonomous operation of stacker and reclaimer help to reduce operational costs and achieve a smoother and safer operation with less wear and tear of the mechanical parts of the equipment.
At the Kiruna mine, SIMATIC PCS 7 was installed for their distributed control system (DCS) for underground operations.
Simatic PCS 7 controls seven locomotives with 21 ore waggons, each sized to manage production of 35 million tons of ore per year. Simatic PCS 7 is also connected to large monitors and overhead contact systems, and it controls doors and gates for the process control system.
The automation system allows to minimize production loss in the transition from open-pit to underground mining while still getting a reliable and safe facility with world-class productivity.
Download our information material to learn more about our SIMINE solutions for automation and process instrumentation.
If you need more information on Siemens solutions for automation and instrumentation, please let us know. Whether for our automation solutions, Minerals Automation Standard, or process instrumentation, our experts will be happy to help you.