Masterclass: Mineral Processing Plant Optimisation & Control

Venue: Johannesburg

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Event Date/Time: Oct 08, 2012 End Date/Time: Oct 10, 2012
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Many organizations have come to realize that due to the intricate interdependencies between the mine and the mill, a huge potential for improvement lies in optimising mine-to-mill cooperation. Also, as a result of rising energy prices, reducing the energy consumption of processing operations is now at the top of the agenda for many plants. Mineral processing operations can be improved even without spending large amounts of money to redesign or make additional capital investments. Salvo Global’s 3-day intensive Masterclass on “Mineral Processing Plant Optimisation & Control” will provide delegates with practical cost-effective methods that can be applied to their current operations that aim to improve plant productivity by 5% – 15%.

By the end of the Masterclass, delegates will be able to:
• Appreciate the benefits of mine-to-mill cooperation and learn how to achieve and benefit from improved synergies between the two

• Calculate the limits to throughput and productivity and determine what the maximum possible production is from your current operations

• Plan and manage total throughput rates from pit floor to final product

• Understand the hierarchy of optimisation techniques: what to attack first and what to leave until later

• Get the most out of your limited resources by identifying and removing key bottlenecks, and differentiating them from the unimportant ones

• Eliminate the key problem factors behind excessive plant downtime

• Implement practical strategies to reduce energy use and improve efficiency of comminution circuits

• Master the proper use of surge bins, surge tanks and stockpiles and how to obtain smooth, even, feedrates or flowrates through the plant

• Learn how to control feeders, conveyors and surge bin/stockpile levels, improve control system stability through tuning techniques, and use control system redesign techniques to increase stability, process repeatability, operational robustness and plant up-time

• Work through real-life plant stability problems such as SAG mill control, reclaimer control, flotation bank control or dense medium cyclone density control

• Ensure proper data collection and transform data into plant improvement strategies using advanced methods for data analysis

• Apply advanced optimisation techniques such as hill-climbing methods and random walk methods using flocculant or reagent dosing as examples


Additional Information

Who Should Attend? • Plant Managers • Operations Managers/Superintendents • Process Managers • Technical Managers • Technical Services • Instrumentation & Control • Process Improvement • Metallurgy Managers • Engineering managers • Maintenance managers • Comminution Managers • Beneficiation Managers • Senior process or metallurgical engineers • Senior process plant electrical and control engineers • Researchers in the mineral processing plant arena