At a shift control level, this implies the ability to record downtime events and trigger condition monitoring alerts. Aggregated records provide the drivers that influence mining output. These can include the ore volumes moved and tons mined. When combined with economic parameters such as commodity price, the system provides critical revenue side information to gauge profitability. Likewise, the cost side of the equation is derived from several variables such as the number of cycles for mobile fleets, effective operating time, fuel consumption and costs from Enterprise Resource Planning that captures fuel consumption, labor hours etc. The business gains come from the ability to rapidly assimilate data from OT into models that drive optimization for short term production planning, aid sensitivity analysis of parameters that influence economic output, causal analysis of variables that influence productioni or dynamic capacity balancing.
Such modelling technologies provide exponential benefits with the growth in data inputs. With effective IT-OT integration, access to data fuels innovation within the organization. For example, in a recent engagement, a production focused model with data integration from OT delivered an improvement of 1 rail rake per day. In real terms this translated into a 10% improvement in output.
The innovation journey for a mining organization is incomplete without a robust IT-OT integration program. Current technology makes it possible to integrate IT and OT and consolidate data in a single instance, enabling organizations to explore the data for improvement, efficiency and innovation.
Achieving a significantly high return is not difficult. This is more so because mining organizations are already making large investments in smart infrastructure. On the IT side, the investments now required are minimal, making this the ideal time to roll out IT-OT integration initiatives.
i e.g. the degree of influence of fill factor of particular model of trucks in a shift
ii e.g. to understand the bottleneck between fleet, ore passes, rail