Voices: Montague

Mining, Minerals & Cement Forum: A Rich Vein of Automation Innovation

BHP Billiton Streamlines Conveyor Isolation; Arrium Expands Steel Streams; and Anglo American Standardizes Continuous Process and Batch Controls

By Jim Montague

AF14 Banner/automationfair/index.html In the mining industry, dramatic drills and diggers get much of the credit. But it's the unassuming lifters, conveyors, crushers, concentrators, furnaces and smelters that do most of the work. To give these essential material handling and processing applications some much-needed support, three mines in Australia and South Africa recently implemented several different process control and safety upgrades. The three presented details of their projects at the Mining, Minerals & Cement Forum this week at Automation Fair in Anaheim, California.

Read more

More from this voice

Title

Shell Deepwater Taming Big Data Whale

Exception-based Surveillance Helps Manage Hundreds of Millions of Daily Data Points

06/19/2013

Advanced Control an Oasis for Drought-Stricken Ethanol Plant

Advanced Process Controls Help Hankinson Renewable Energy Shift Production to a More Profitable Mix

06/18/2013

For Chevron, Blend Optimization Is a Lifecycle Journey

Incremental Performance Improvements Can Deliver Outsized Returns

06/18/2013

Experion PKS Orion Keeps Pouring on the Innovations

A Look Under the Hood of Honeywell's Flagship Control Platform

06/17/2013

True Commitment Meets Changing World's Challenges

How Do You Cope with Increasing Process Accidents, Accelerating Cyber Attacks, Ever More Remote Resources, Aging Workforces and Recovering but Delicate Economies?

06/17/2013

Process Control Renovations: DCS Edition

You Can Do More Than You Think

06/14/2013

Intrinsic Safety Aids Cost-Effective Coal Mining

Daw Mill Colliery Implements Intrinsically Safe (IS) PLCs and IS Ethernet and Supporting Components to Fuel U.K. Power Utilities

06/14/2013

Controls and Process Applications Can Be Restored

Restoration Possible: Many Distributed Control Systems (DCSs) Are Rapidly Aging and Risk Breaking Down. Luckily, There Are Many New Tools and Innovative Methods for Supporting and Breathing New Life Into Controls and Process Applications

06/11/2013

Creative Computing for Control

PC-Based Control Is Taking Over in a Variety of New and Upcoming Process Industry Applications. Here Are Some of the Most Innovative Solutions

05/16/2013

Process Automation Industry: When an Apology Is Just Not Good Enough

We Can't See Most Tragedies Coming, but There Must Be Dozens of People Who Could Have Seen the West Fertilizer Disaster Coming

05/10/2013

Motors and Drives Grow Up and Graduate

Motors and Drives Have Been Moving Up to Variable-Speed Control for Better Accuracy, but Now They're Also Increasing Power Density and Efficiency and Even Coordinating More Closely With PLCs and Intelligent Systems

05/08/2013

The Process Automation Assisted by Audio

Our Articles Get Accompanying Audio and Video Recordings. Check Them Out

04/30/2013

Flow Everywhere

Executive Editor Jim Montague Talks About Unusual Flow Applications. Flow Configuration and Conditioning Are Not Only Necessary in Machines, but Also in the Human Body

04/16/2013

Flow Charts New Waters

Flowmeters, Controllers and Their Supporting Components and Software Are Adding New Functions That Are Allowing Them to Take On Some New and Unusual Tasks and Applications

04/08/2013

DTE Energy Tackles Unruly Alarms

Rationalization Process Restores Meaning--One Alarm at a Time

03/28/2013

Make the Most of Your Generation Gaps

From Traditionalists to Millennials: Making Sense of Today's Multi-Generational Workforce

03/28/2013

Moving Your Historian to the Cloud — Carefully

Process Manufacturers Already Are Leveraging Cloud Technologies for Process Control-Related Applications

03/27/2013

CEO Hogan Bullish on ABB Outlook

ABB Leadership Expresses Optimism at Opening of ABB Automation & Power World 2013

03/26/2013

Baldor Solution Drives Cooling Tower Performance

In with Efficiency and Reliability; Out with Noise and Troublesome Gearboxes

03/26/2013

Automation Professionals Avoid Talking About Training

Lets Talk About Training. It Is Essential to Improving Operator Performance or the Appropriate Actions of Anyone in a Critical Situation

03/15/2013