Schneider Electric launches new scalable IIoT and AI solution for mining and cement industries

Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has launched the latest solution to its EcoStruxure™ Plant Advisor platform specifically for the mining and cement industries. EcoStruxure™ Plant Advisor – Process Intelligence uses Artificial intelligence (AI), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and an open platform philosophy to improve sustainability and operational effectiveness in mining and cement enterprises.

These industries are under increased pressure to adapt process workflows to reduce their carbon footprint, while also increasing throughput and optimising value chain efficiency. According to McKinsey, mining alone is responsible for 4-7% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally, with about half coming from the comminution process and the other half from the fleet.

Schneider Electric has developed “an open, scalable, and natively cybersecure solution to support data-driven, multi-site operations, providing a range of benefits. From real-time AI-based, application-specific analytics to optimize (sub) processes, to a service bureau expert function able to determine the root causes of (potential) issues, EcoStruxure™ Plant Advisor – Process Intelligence directly addresses the key challenges of sustainability and efficiency in mining and cement enterprises.”

EcoStruxure Plant Advisor – Process Intelligence helps to improve asset and process efficiency – targeting areas with payback time under one year; empower the workforce – through the reporting function, incidents can be resolved 2 to 4 times faster; and implement an agile value chain – productivity improvements of up to 5% have been seen in pilot projects.

“Plant controllers can now simultaneously manage multiple control variables to optimise the plant’s performance. EcoStruxure Plant Advisor – Process Intelligence goes beyond a standard business intelligence (BI) dashboard by incorporating self-learning to recommend appropriate actions to help optimize a process. As a result, mining and cement plants can improve their overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and water and energy consumption, while also increasing throughput.”

Rob Moffitt, President of Mining, Minerals and Metals, Schneider Electric, said: “We are delighted to incorporate Process Intelligence within our EcoStruxure™ Plant Advisor platform. We have a strong track record of working with our customers to deliver tangible results through solutions and services in mining, minerals and metals operations. Process Intelligence represents the next generation of digital tools for the industry.”

“We are constantly striving to develop a set of valuable and repeatable process models that can be used to predict and improve future process performance in key markets like mining or cement. The industry is striving to meet sustainability targets, and this solution is designed specifically to help mining and cement companies meet those challenges,” Moffitt continued.