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Mining process optimization

Process optimization and controls for mining equipment

Improving performance using technology and expertise

Mining processes are interrelated. The performance of one impacts the other. While it is critical that each individual process runs efficiently, it's also important to take a step back and look at the big picture. We are here to support you from quick fixes on single processes to full pit-to-port optimization in mining processes.

45+ process engineering experts with over 150 technical papers published

Extensive database of operational insights from over 500 global projects

Products and services that are made to work together seamlessly

Designing and delivering customized performance-based solutions

Why consider mining process optimization
Why consider mining process optimization

Optimization in mining is a flexible practice, which can focus on bottlenecks, downstream impact or adapting to market trends. It all starts with your goals:

Increase production

Common during market booms, activities are centered on debottlenecking to improve availability, throughput & recovery.

Reduce costs

Whether for one unit or the entire system, activities include reducing energy consumption, chemical cost, water use & adapting to ore types.

Improve stability

Achieving consistent output is key in each stage, focus is on reducing variability and stabilizing processes across the plant.

Decrease environmental impact

Enabling sustainability initiatives while maximizing productivity & profitability.

How mining process optimization works

No matter the size of the project, we apply our proven four step method:

1. Consultation

Together, our experts help to define specific goals and uncover areas of opportunity. Detailed analysis and benchmarking is typically performed, using our state-of-art laboratories. Projects are always tailored to suit individual needs, usually centered on a key focus area:

  • Ore characterization and ore tracking from mine to mill
  • Drill and blast optimization
  • Comminution and/or flotation circuit design and optimization
  • Advanced Process Controls
  • Electrical, instrumentation, and control system design
  • Life of mine optimization

2. Solution development

Metso Outotec has developed a number of process monitoring, analysis, and control tools to help maintain optimum operations at mine sites. Utilizing these tools, custom solutions are engineered and tested through simulations.

3. Implementation

All recommendations are performed safely and efficiently with the complete support of Metso Outotec experts. Risk mitigation and safety are the core focus of this stage.

4. Continuous improvement

Remote monitoring can be integrated into solutions, as well support in standardizing operating procedures and training to sustain benefits over time.

Metso Outotec Life Cycle Services for mining.
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