February 9th 2021 (7:00pm-9:30pm EST, 1:00am-3:30am CET+1, 8:00am-10:30am AWST+1)
The mineral processing field employs long-term assets, making it difficult to incorporate changes to keep up with rapidly advancing technologies. A major challenge is the energy intensity of processing and trying to match the growing global demand for energy efficiency and sustainability. Industry collaboration is essential in order for operators, suppliers, subject matter experts, and other stakeholders to come together to address these challenges.
The GMG Mineral Processing working group has several newly launched projects within this field, including initiatives to develop guidance for metal accounting, process control, geometallurgy, overall equipment effectiveness, as well as guideline review projects and many more soon to be launched projects.
This virtual forum will bring together the global industry to collaborate on this topic, feature presentations from leading experts, and focus on the key challenges and opportunities regarding the different topics related to mineral processing. Input provided during the workshop portion will feed directly into active projects within the working group.
Unlocking mineral processing value with online process sensors
Taylor McKertich, Industry Manager – Mining, Metals, Oil & Gas, Endress+Hauser
The key to optimising a process is to ensure that accurate, reliable and extensive information is available before implementing an improvement optimisation program. Currently, 97% of all data generated by sensors and instrumentation is not used, and many mining operations are still using analogue communications in their plants. Now that Industry 4.0 has arrived, there are a number of tools available to implement additional value in both brownfield and greenfield mineral processing operations. Machine learning, model predictive control and AI utilised in the Mining Industry as a force multiplier coupled with Big Data, this presentation will step through some of the possibilities that mining organisations can explore to drive down costs further and maximise output in their operations.
About Taylor: A graduate of UNSW (Bachelor of Science) and The University of Sydney (Master of Engineering – Chemical and Biomolecular), Taylor initially commenced his career with ALS and Australian Business in various Analyst and Technician roles. He then began his mining experience with BHP in a Process Engineer role. After a variety of improvement, operational and process engineering roles, mainly in Queensland for over five years, he moved back to Sydney, Australia, to commence his current role with Endress+Hauser. Taylor is currently the Industry Manager (Mining, Oil & Gas) and is responsible for creating and deploying strategies for the Mining Industry, where he has a passion for melding together instrumentation with process improvement applications to bring maximum benefit for the industry. He is also involved with driving the Group’s portfolio developments in his current role, filing a patent for a soft sensor last year.