Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Peru – Detection and Removal of Foreign Elements

Peru – Detection and Removal of Foreign Elements

Austmine, METS Ignited and Linkminers invite you to apply for the challenge 'Detection and Removal of Foreign Elements'. This supply opportunity is part of the Virtual Supplier Development Program Peru.

The Challenge:

There are two aspects of this challenge: 

1) Non-crushable and unsafe elements (e.g. bucket teeth) can be undetected during the hauling and transportation of ore to the primary crusher. This can cause obstructions that lead to increased downtime and reduced equipment performance, impacting production. 

2) After the ore is processed in the primary crusher circuit, it is transported along a 3km conveyor belt, of which 70% runs underneath a tunnel. A metal detector is installed in the main conveyor belt which stops it when detecting a metallic object. Once this object is located, manual handling is required to remove it from the belt. 

Solution Requirements:

1) The solution should detect non-crushable elements before the ore hauling and transportation process. It should allow operators to visualise the inside of the crusher to identify elements causing an obstruction. 

2) Once the metallic detection has occurred on the conveyor belt, an automated system needs to be installed that can locate and remove the object. It is envisioned that a robotic system would enable this and avoid human intervention. 

Background Information:

This mining operation is an open-pit copper-zinc mine located in the Andes Mountains in Peru. The production process involves fragmented rocks being transported by haul trucks to the concentrator plant. The ore then undergoes grinding and flotation before the copper and zinc concentrates are transported by pipeline to be filtered and shipped at the port facility.

Submission Process:

To submit a solution, complete the challenge application form here.

Challenge submissions close on Monday 14th September at 5pm AWST / 7pm AEST

Solutions will be shortlisted and successful companies will be notified to attend a challenge Q&A session with the operations on the 22nd or 23rd September. METS companies will pitch their solutions directly to the mining company across the 29th September – 30th October.

For any questions contact Giancarlo Tosti-Croce, Leader International Markets, METS Ignited at

Virtual Supplier Development Program Peru:

For more information on the Virtual Supplier Development Program in Peru see our program webpage.

To stay up to date with international and domestic supply opportunities, view more challenges here.

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