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Energize Mining house benefits from new distributed control system
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Mining house benefits from new distributed control system

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ABB has provided automation expertise and software solutions, licensing, and training to Anglo American Technical Solutions (TS) in Johannesburg, a technical and analytical support centre for the global mining company.

The facility is part of Anglo American’s technical and sustainability function and provides technical expertise and analytical support to commodities and continents across the minerals processing and hydrometallurgy disciplines, in the form of process development and testing or evaluation.

ABB Ability™ System 800xA, ranked by the ARC advisory group as the world’s best distributed control system (DCS) platform over the last 20 years, can implement advanced process control methods. It has been installed and integrated with existing laboratory infrastructure in the extractive metallurgy department at TS. The system enables continuous laboratory testwork for process optimisation and process development studies to support smelting and refining operations in South Africa.

For metallurgists, the system is intuitive for their process development and testing work and flexible to allow changes to the control interface between experimental set-ups, which often require quick and easy changeover due to the dynamic and ever-changing smaller scale testwork.

ABB’s technology input allows for laboratory expansion, greater modification of experimental set-ups, and for accurate control functionality. The control system also allows for expansion and application in mini-pilot plants for hydrometallurgical testwork.

The control system will allow experiments to run for extended times, without constant supervision. The immediate application of the technology will be in hydrometallurgical leach experiments, which have the potential to be scaled-up and implemented on site.

Advanced process control methods will allow for continued optimisation and fine-tuning of the control methodology based on the specific and unique chemical, metallurgical and mineralogical complexity for each of the experiments.

ABB is a trusted partner to the mining industry, delivering electrification, automation and digital solutions, products and services that cover the complete value chain from mine to port.

Contact Chris Brand, ABB, chris.g.brand@gb.abb.com

 

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