Outotec offers better mill control

Finnish processing tech company Outotec has introduced a control solution for the safe operation and condition monitoring of grinding mills and associated lubrication systems
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The Outotec Mill Control System is a modular solution comprising a local control panel with a fail-safe PLC and a large full-color touchscreen interface

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The Outotec Mill Control System has been designed to increase grinding mill availability through advanced condition monitoring and remote expert support.

Outotec said the modular solution could proactively detect anomalies, using diagnostic data from IO-Link instruments to determine instrument health and detect installation problems before they cause downtime.

The system comes with remote connectivity hardware as standard, linking up to Outotec's Connected Services for remote diagnostics and support.

Plant owners can also use Outotec's cloud-based Asset Analytics service to gain insight into the condition and performance of their assets.

The system uses standard hardware and software components that are common across Outotec product lines. In addition, it meets all relevant EU safety directives and other key international safety standards.

The IO-Link technology enables digitalisation and smart instruments by allowing for extended diagnosis of sensors and actuators, and the use of IO-Link instruments can contribute to time and cost savings as the single interface means that fewer I/O spares are required.