Demand for IIoT-enabled products is growing rapidly, particularly in the mining industry where it is being used in a number of areas including analytics, machine learning and robotics.
Utilising cloud computing, Synertrex involves placing smart sensors on an array of Weir products, which gather critical operating data for advanced analysis. The data can then be transformed into powerful insights that are relayed to the customer through a digital interface. According to Weir, it can identify problems before they occur, reducing downtime, and optimising equipment performance across an entire circuit.
Ricardo Garib, Weir Minerals division president, said: "We believe our Synertrex platform will have a significant impact on the mining industry, transforming customer operations through improved productivity and safety.
"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 capability of remote management also 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, Weir says Synertrex provides the tools to keep mining equipment at its most profitable.
Through the platform, customers will have real-time insight into how their equipment is performing, and machines will be able to learn over time. Information is displayed on a simple dashboard that can be accessed via 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 crucial indicators.
At this stage, the platform can be paired with Warman pumps, Cavex hydrocyclones, GEHO PD pumps, Enduron HPGR, Enduron screens and Enduron crushers; however, there are plans to expand the range of compatible products. Customers with existing Weir products who wish to enable Synertrex will be able to retrofit sensors to equipment.
"Our team travel to the customers' 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," said John McNulty, Weir Minerals vice president of global engineering and technology.
"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."
The Synertrex platform is now available globally.