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How AI streamlines mineral transportation

Mining logistics involve managing activities related to the transportation of ore from the mine site to the ore processing plant and eventually to the final customer. In this context, this process consists of transporting large volumes of minerals for thousands of kilometers. According to McKinsey, today’s complex mining value chains are almost inevitably subject to disruption. For this reason, new strategies for streamlining mineral transportation must be developed. However, before delving into the challenges of mineral transportation, we need to understand how the whole process occurs.   The mining logistics process   Mineral transportation is embedded in the Mining value [...]

February 28th, 2024|Artificial Intelligence, Mining|

Why Reality Capture is a must to report anomalies in industrial inspections

Industrial inspections consist of reporting anomalies to later perform maintenance plans. For this purpose, companies display several methods to inspect assets that can be divided into two major categories: the traditional methods and the digitized ones. In this context, these two groups present clear disparities in the benefits they generate to operators. While traditional methods still expose professionals to risky and time-consuming activities, new digitized ways of capturing reality have intuitively fostered safety and uptime for industrial inspections. Indeed, the new optimized methods of visually inspecting assets have accurately illustrated industrial realities to streamline maintenance actions. Thus, reporting anomalies with [...]

AI-driven Hull Inspections: Streamlining Safety and Efficiency

Vessels are crucial parts of different industrial operations. Considering this, the ship's main body: the hull, must be regularly inspected to ensure high asset integrity, safety, and efficiency standards. Hull damages such as cracks can lead to oil leaks, which can implicate direct emergency costs that surpass USD 50,000,000, which is 100x more expensive than the investment to repair the defects on time (before the accident) not including compensations, fines, and asset depreciation. In this regard, hull inspections are a maintenance procedure that helps energy companies and bulk cargo transporters maintain high safety, compliance, and efficiency standards. However, inspecting offshore [...]

January 31st, 2024|Asset Integrity Management, Mining, Oil and Gas|

How Vale Enhanced Integrity Management with Digital Structural Integrity

Vale, an international company committed to sustainable mining, operates across over 20 countries. Far beyond mineral extraction, Vale’s extent encompasses logistics, managing an extensive network of railroads, ports, and terminals, while actively involved in the energy and steel sectors. In this context, Vale partnered with Vidya Technology to improve the Conveyor Belt’s integrity strategies with the DSI (Digital Structural Integrity) application in the ‘’M-spot’’, a mining-oriented innovation program. And, after a successful pilot, the collaboration extended to a rollout of 5 additional assets.   Project Summary   Vale and Vidya started their collaboration in 2020. The project’s mission was to [...]

Developing an Effective Corrosion Prevention Strategy for Mining Operations

Intro   Corrosion consists of constant material degradation by chemical or electrochemical reactions with its environment. Indeed, heavy corrosion damage can lead to extended unplanned shutdowns, decreased safety, and increased environmental exposure. And, while corrosion progression doesn’t stop, asset activities must be paused to address degradation and anomalies. In this context, mining structures are exposed to harsh environmental conditions, including moisture, acidic or alkaline substances, and abrasive materials, which accelerate corrosion. This being said, developing an effective corrosion prevention strategy is crucial to mitigate the impacts and costs of corrosion. A two-year global study released at the CORROSION 2016 conference [...]

December 20th, 2023|Artificial Intelligence, Corrosion, Mining|

Enhancing Crusher Performance: Overcoming Maintenance Challenges in Mining Operations

In the mining industry, crushers are essential pieces of equipment used to break down large rocks and ores into smaller pieces for processing. These machines have a variety of types and sizes, from jaw and cone to gyratory and impact crushers. These equipment play a critical role in mining operations, enabling efficient processing of materials and ensuring valuable minerals can be extracted from the ore. That means that Crusher must operate at optimal conditions with no window for unplanned downtime or sudden stops. Monitoring this equipment’s performance can be a challenging task. In this blog, we'll discuss the most common [...]

May 10th, 2023|Mining|

Predictive Maintenance for a more optimized and less expensive mining operation

The hostile environment and complex operation of mining industries are major drivers of the main problems faced by the sector: unplanned equipment downtime and high operational maintenance costs. Because of this, the recent technological advances have begun to deliver more precise solutions to the challenge of keeping up with the industry's demand for its products while seeking to reduce unnecessary expenses in the operation. In this context, the predictive maintenance process will be presented and deepened in order to understand how it can be the solution to increase the efficiency and profitability of mining industries by facilitating data management [...]

February 15th, 2023|Mining|

Maximizing Efficiency and Safety in Mining Operations with Asset Performance Management

Intro   The mining industry is continuously facing the challenges of equipment downtime, high maintenance costs, and safety risks. These problems can negatively impact a mining operation's productivity and profitability. However, asset performance management has been proven to be of great assistance to address these hurdles.   The challenges of Mining Industries   Mining operations face a number of obstacles related to the management and performance of their equipment and infrastructure. One of the most significant challenges is equipment downtime, which can occur due to a variety of reasons such as equipment failure, lack of maintenance, or unplanned events. Downtime [...]

January 25th, 2023|Asset Performance Management, Mining|

Driving safety in Mining through Risk-based Inspections

Intro Risk-based inspections are an important method for driving safety in mining operations. Unlike traditional inspections, which are based on a predetermined schedule, risk-based inspections prioritize areas of the mine that are more likely to be susceptible to accidents or incidents.   By identifying and mitigating potential hazards, risk-based inspections can contribute to improving safety standards and reducing the likelihood of accidents.   One of the main benefits of risk-based inspections is that they allow mining companies to focus on the areas of the mine that pose the greatest risk to workers and the operation. This means that resources can [...]

Are you a mining manager? So you’d better read this right now!

Mining and Metals managers are facing a strong conflict within their operation: how can I increase my productivity?   The answer is complex, but two approaches can be used to tackle this dilemma. One possible approach, although very time-consuming and costly, is to expand mining sites.  The other is all about driving the digital transformation through all organizational levels   The roadmap to a mining digital transformation    A successful digital transformation strategy cannot be implemented if it lacks strong leadership. The culture change required for a transformation of such magnitude demands people's support and massive embracement. Digital transformation is [...]

June 21st, 2022|Digital Transformation, Mining|
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