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Mining companies have increased production rates by five per cent – and in some cases, 10 per cent – using Profit Controller advanced control and optimisation technology from Honeywell.

The announcement followed the company’s 100th mining installation of Profit Controller, which is being used to control more than 200 process units and more than 20 different types of mining processes worldwide.

The solution is applicable for all mining industries, including copper, alumina, gold, and iron ore.

Mining companies are increasingly turning to advanced multi-variable predictive control (MPC) techniques to improve production rates.

MPC technology such as Profit Controller allows mining companies to design, implement and maintain advanced control systems, which can drive processes to maximum economic benefit.

Designed for highly interactive mining processes, Profit Controller is suited to deliver and sustain production improvements because it is said to stay on control up to 40 per cent more than other solutions to generate maximum benefits during process changes.

Many mining companies using Profit Controller report time-on-control at a rate greater than 90 per cent.

The standalone, off-the-shelf solution can integrate with most control systems.

By collaborating with Honeywell’s local automation experts on design and using Profit Controller’s automated and control modelling tools, many miners have been able to rapidly implement MPC strategies to improve their operations.

Combining this with a rich toolset such as Profit Stepper, an automated modelling tool, allows most installations to be completed in two months.

In addition, Profit Controller’s robustness reduces the effort needed to implement and support the system, an added benefit for mines with limited resources.

Mining companies have used Profit Controller’s remote-support capabilities, a feature that allows fewer engineers to more effectively manage applications in operations in different locations.

A South American copper producer uses it at multiple sites to compare APC efficiency across its entire operation, making sure the various mines are producing at their maximum outputs.

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