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OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT


Geho PD pumps, Enduron HPGR, Enduron screens and Enduron crushers. Whereas some other mining based IIoT solutions leverage other suppliers platforms, Weir has developed its own solution, providing the ability to quickly develop and release a product application. It developed the platform as an augmentation of its key products, as opposed to creating a generic platform that can support many diff erent companies and products. Embedding its application engineering expertise in an IIoT platform allows the company to extend its service further and be closer to the customer, with engineers and technicians ready to follow up on any alerts generated by the platform. T e advantage of creating a modular platform means that it can support a variety of users from novice to expert. Its user-friendly interface is compatible with PCs, smartphones and tablets and can be integrated into existing control systems for ultimate accessibility. T e platform allows users to gain an


advanced understanding of how their equipment is functioning, from detecting cavitation in Warman pumps to monitoring the drivetrain of Enduron HPGRs.


Comprised of a combination of


hardware and software, the platform uses advanced technology from experts including Microsoft and Dell. Weir has industrialised and ruggedised this equipment to create a confi guration that is suitable for its customers’ specifi c industries and applications. Possessing this high degree of fl exibility has allowed the fi rm to provide customers with targeted solutions at a competitive cost point.


EDGE COMPUTING MERITS Another point of diff erence is the platform’s implementation of edge computing. T is enables the provision of alerts in real time, and circumvents issues with data transmission if there is a break


Mining pumps are Synertrex-enabled


in connectivity. A considerable amount of operational data is analysed and summarised on the edge, which reduces the need to transmit large quantities of information to the cloud. Any anomalies are fl agged and sent to the cloud for further analysis, resulting in increased cost effi ciency from a data viewpoint. T e analytical capabilities of edge computing combined with the almost infi nite storage capacity of the cloud enables the solution to capture more data than ever before. Increased data results in more powerful, in-depth insights that provide its customers with meaningful information as to how they can improve their equipment, processes and plants. Alasdair Monk, group IoT product management director, remarks “Synertrex has been a huge advancement. I believe we are part of signifi cant change in the mining industry and broader world, from a digital perspective, and that puts us in a very good position to build and grow.” T e new platform’s ability to adapt to the mining industry’s dynamic needs emphasises the point that IIoT will play an important role in shaping the sector’s future.


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