IMARC 2016: Juan Jeffery, Industry Manager - Mining, Yokogawa
The audience in Austmine's technology stream at IMARC 2016 were treated to a brilliant presentation from Juan Jeffery, Industry Manager - Mining, Yokogawa on the topic of Modular Procedural Automation (MPA). He spoke about the opportunities that MPA can have throughout the mining value chain, streamlining processes from pit-to-port.
He began his speech by identifying the challenges that currently exist in the mining sector, with a specific emphasis on human error, unscheduled shutdowns and inefficient operations. Juan then moved on to talk about advanced decision support and real-time decision-making, taking into account the many components involved in operational procedures.
This paved the way to focus on MPA, which captures, documents and automates procedural operations in continuous and batch processes. This results in a standardised implementation, increased flexibility, reduces operating costs and is repeatable. He demonstrated these gains in a case study of Yokogawa's work on a Texas City refinery where their technology produced a reduction of 60% in operator workload, a yield loss reduction of 42% and feed throughput increasing by 18%.
You can view Juan's presentation below.