Complementing Weir’s portfolio of mining equipment, the Synertrex platform allows operators to monitor every aspect of their equipment’s operation, prevent problems and increase throughput.
“We believe our Synertrex platform will have a significant impact on the mining industry, transforming customer operations through improved productivity and safety,” Ricardo Garib, minerals division president, said.
“Working with technology market leaders Microsoft and Dell has enabled us to develop sophisticated predictive software and hardware, which is robust enough to operate in extreme conditions across the globe.”
The IIoT is an equipment network that connects to the internet and shares data that can be converted into unique insights. Demand for IIoT-enabled products is growing rapidly, particularly in the mining industry, where it is being used in areas including analytics, machine learning and robotics.
Synertrex is designed to harness the latest digital technology to transform productivity, foresee risk and enhance performance.
Utilising cloud computing, it places smart sensors on an array of Weir Minerals products that gather critical operating data for advanced analysis. The data is transformed into powerful insights that are relayed to the customer through a digital interface. It can identify problems before they occur, reducing downtime, and optimise equipment performance across an entire circuit.
Remote management allows for simplified maintenance. Wear and tear can be easily monitored, and trouble spots detected before they escalate into major issues. Whether it’s a drive system, structural or lubrication issues, Synertrex can provide the tools to keep equipment at its most profitable.
Through the platform, customers will have detailed real time insight into how their equipment performs, and machines will learn over time. Information is displayed on an easy to understand dashboard on any device or integrated into existing operational systems.
It will convey real time, fact-based insights into machine performance and health, remaining useful life and other indicators.
“Synertrex makes the complex simple, as better insight and control of equipment enables customers to make accurate, condition-based decisions,” said Fred Bradner, Weir’s vice president of global strategy, sales and marketing.
“This platform will redefine field service standards and lead to greater performance, reliability and ultimately return on investment.”
The platform can be paired with Warman pumps, Cavex hydrocyclones, GEHO PD pumps and Enduron high pressure grinding rolls, screens and crushers. There are plans to expand the range of compatible products.
Customers with Weir Minerals products that wish to enable Synertrex will be able to retrofit sensors to equipment.
“This technology is backed by 147 years of experience and unrivalled service support,” said John McNulty, vice president of global engineering and technology. “Our team travel to the customer’s site to install the sensors, connect to the cloud and provide training to ensure they fully understand how the Synertrex platform works and what it can do.
“The data gathered from Synertrex, combined with our in-depth product knowledge, provides unique insights on performance that only the OEM can deliver.
“Our extensive service network can quickly act on the outputs from Synertrex to provide unrivalled on-site support to our customers.”
More information about the Synertrex platform and the portfolio of compatible products can be found at synertrex.weir
Source: Weir Minerals