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Portable process rig touring a mine near you

A driving need for efficiency and reducing waste has encouraged Endress+Hauser Australia to develop a unique working demonstration rig for the mining industry, aptly named ‘Mine Model on Wheels’, that showcases a range of instruments for use in the industry.

The rig incorporates a range of Endress+Hauser-branded measurement and automation solutions that it says will help to increase output by improving process efficiency and reducing wastage.

This transportable rig, a world first according to ENdress+Hauser, allows plant operators and process engineers to model and optimise complex wet processes such as flotation cells and thickeners. Engineers can also develop, first hand, an understanding of the sophisticated instruments, automation strategies and plant asset management techniques used in the mining sector.

Starting early next year, the set-up will be taken to major mining hubs and sites across the country giving process engineers, instrument technicians and plant operators the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on experience with the rig.

The ‘Mine Model on Wheels’ incorporates most of the instruments used in a typical mining process plant and as the processes run, the engineers can analyse their impact on the field instruments. Being fully functional, users are able to evaluate the advantages and limitations of different instrument solutions for each application.

A leading metallurgist from the mining industry provided Endress+Hauser with crucial industry knowledge thereby ensuring the development of a rig that offers practical solutions.

Two common key processes in refining mineral ores are flotation cells and thickeners. The flotation cell physically separates fine grained solids in an aqueous suspension using air bubbles and flocculants. Endress+Hauser’s rig incorporates several control loops including level control, interface measurement, density, pH control, mass flow and dosing. Thickening increases the concentration of a suspension by sedimentation. The parameters measured here include slurry density, bed level height, underflow density and dosage of the thickener.

After touring various regions across Australia, the rig will travel overseas where it has already generated a lot of interest, according to Endress+Hauser. Interested companies in Australia can contact the company and ascertain book the rig.

*Contact Endress+Hauser

John Immelman, managing director

1300 363 707

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