Reduce Stoppage Events and Save $1.8M

Major Copper Mine in Chile

A Case Study about preventing high-torque stoppage events in thickener operations 

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Customer Challenge

Thickener Process Instability and High-torque Events

Unplanned Thickener isolation events.

Achieve the highest underflow percent solids consistently.

Lack of information about control variables for decision-making.

How We Helped

Thickener Scientific-AI Optimization

Implementation of a digital twin process for the thickener circuit (3 tanks) involving the training of machine learning models.

Configuration of the Optimizer’s Value Driver based on the client’s ranges.

Virtual sensors for rake torque monitoring with alerts.

The Outcome

 $1.8M in copper enablement and 22km3 of water recovered

Prevented stoppage 15 hours before it happened.

The opportunity cost of 1.8m USD/event in Cu production.

Potential to recover >22.000 m3 of water.

Avoid around 10m USD/event with maintenance costs.

Discover how Thickener Optimization can be applied to your operation

Mine to Market: Value Chain Optimization

The Stockpile & Inventory Optimization Application is one of a suite of real-time decision-making applications that uses AI to optimize each process; from mine to market.

Our Material Handling model connects these applications to drive even greater efficiency.

Our process optimization apps can be deployed on a specific process bottleneck or expanded across the entire value chain. They are powered by our Industrial AI Decision Intelligence Platform, brains.app.

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