New Software Releases Help Bring Crucial Elements into Better Focus for Mines
- Published: Monday, 19 December 2016 15:22
Mining is an industry that deals in, and appreciates, large numbers. Big mines, for example, routinely rack up hefty equipment purchase, operating and maintenance costs, and hopefully, sizable payoffs in productivity from those investments and expenses. But small numbers can work in a mine operator’s favor as well, particularly when it comes to filtration of vital engine fluids such as fuel and oil, where the objective is to have the lowest possible level of dirt particles and other contaminants circulating in high-tech engine fuel and oil delivery systems.
To adhere to the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) new regulations to remove operators from dozers pushing coarse coal refuse into a tailings pond, Alliance Resource Partners looked to remote its two dozers at its River View mine near Uniontown, Kentucky.
While the benefits of big data and the Internet of Things will continue to grow and be delivered into the mining industry, it’s important to note the significant value from providing real-time, easy to use, actionable information to the people who have the greatest capability to act on it — the machine operators. No one else on the mine site has such a direct and substantial influence on the productive capabilities of the shift. The real-time decisions every operator makes each minute of the day have significant implications to the bottom line of the mine site.
At its Minds + Machines event in Paris, GE Power recently unveiled the Digital Power Plant for Steam, a suite of technologies that can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving the performance and efficiency of coal-fired steam power plants. Improving the efficiency of coal-fired plants is one of the toughest challenges in the electricity industry today. Plant technology is typically more mature, systems are highly complex and average efficiency rates are low.