Friday 26 February 2010

Advanced process control system delivers high availability for sustainable mining operations

Their Proficy® Process Systems, was chosen by China Baogang Group’s subsidiary Barun Mining Co. Ltd. for use in the company’s iron mining business in China according to a release from GE Intelligent Platforms. The company chose GE’s solution to facilitate product quality improvement, optimize production and reduce cost.

China Baogang is one of the largest equipment manufacturers in China, involved in the construction of metallurgical, infrastructural facilities, and other industrial projects. The company also provides geo-technical engineering construction, industrial and civil construction, rock and earthwork excavation, equipment installation, and steel structure fabrication and installation services.

Barun Mining Co. Ltd. Is a subsidiary of the Baotou Steel Group. They provide an additional source of material from China’s Bayan Obo area for the Baogang group to protect against global supply chain disturbances.

“GE continues its strategic drive and expansion in the Process automation space,” said Steve Ryan, General Manager for GE Intelligent Platforms’ Process and Safety business. “This win highlights not only the technical capabilities of our solutions, but the fact that customers around the globe in multiple industries are benefiting from them.”

Proficy Process Systems is a state-of-the-art, scalable, fully integrated system for process automation and control. With an open and scalable architecture, it leverages the best of GE Intelligent Platforms’ broad hardware and software platforms to provide a system ideally suited for rugged mining operations control. Barun Mining is employing Proficy Process Systems to record process data for the whole plant.

“We wanted a control system to improve efficiency and product quality,” said Dongziqing, vice president of Barun Mining Corp. “The Proficy Process System High Availability PACSystems RX3i controller, I/O and forward-thinking architecture of 100 MBPS I/O Rack Connectivity will enable us to increase our productivity.

Proficy Process Systems provides a single control environment and comprehensive engineering and operator functionality in a user-friendly system. Its open architecture reduces lifecycle cost through precise calibration and secure electronic configuration. Proficy Process Systems’ Global Namespace provides a single point of configuration to eliminate the risk of inconsistencies between multiple databases and the need to duplicate engineering efforts. And, real time monitoring of plant and an intelligent alarming system provide overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of production equipment efficiency and critical plant conditions.

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