25 May 2022

Process optimisation platform improves mining and cement processing

EcoStruxure Plant Advisor

Schneider Electric, has announced it has launched the latest solution to its EcoStruxure Plant Advisor platform specifically for the mining and cement industries. EcoStruxure Plant Advisor – Process Intelligence uses Artificial intelligence (AI), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and an open platform philosophy to improve sustainability and operational effectiveness in mining and cement enterprises.

These industries are under increased pressure to adapt process workflows to reduce their carbon footprint, while also increasing throughput and optimising value chain efficiency.

Schneider Electric, has developed an open, scalable, and natively cybersecure solution to support data-driven, multi-site operations, providing a range of benefits. From real-time AI-based, application-specific analytics to optimise (sub) processes, to a service bureau expert function able to determine the root causes of (potential) issues, EcoStruxure Plant Advisor – Process Intelligence directly addresses the key challenges of sustainability and efficiency in mining and cement enterprises.

EcoStruxure Plant Advisor – Process Intelligence helps to:

Improve asset and process efficiency – Targeting areas with payback time under one year

Empower the workforce – Through the reporting function, incidents can be resolved 2-4x faster

Implement an agile value chain – Productivity improvements of up to 5% have been seen in pilot projects.

Plant controllers can now simultaneously manage multiple control variables to optimise the plant’s performance. EcoStruxure Plant Advisor – Process Intelligence goes beyond a standard business intelligence (BI) dashboard by incorporating self-learning to recommend appropriate actions to help optimise a process. As a result, mining and cement plants can improve their overall equipment effectiveness and water and energy consumption, while also increasing throughput.

Rob Moffitt, President of Mining, Minerals and Metals, Schneider Electric, said “We are delighted to incorporate Process Intelligence within our EcoStruxure™ Plant Advisor platform. We have a strong track record of working with our customers to deliver tangible results through solutions and services in mining, minerals and metals operations. Process Intelligence represents the next generation of digital tools for the industry.

“We are constantly striving to develop a set of valuable and repeatable process models that can be used to predict and improve future process performance in key markets like mining or cement. The industry is striving to meet sustainability targets, and this solution is designed specifically to help mining and cement companies meet those challenges.”