2014-Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit
SIPS 2014 Volume 2: Mineral Processing

Editors:Kongoli F
Publisher:Flogen Star OUTREACH
Publication Year:2014
Pages:446 pages
ISSN:2291-1227 (Metals and Materials Processing in a Clean Environment Series)
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    Online smart ore tracking system using smart sensor technology

    Xiaowei Pan1;
    1UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG, Johannesburg, South Africa (zuid Afrika);
    Type of Paper: Regular
    Id Paper: 263
    Topic: 2


    The relationship between ore composition or mineralogy and downstream processing is well known in the mining industry. In fact, the very definition of a mineral deposit as an ore body depends on its susceptibility to processing in an economical manner. With an ore tracking system, the information about each ore block, gained during exploration and mining, could be used as input data to the mine control system. This would allow the real-time optimization and control of the ore processing.
    A smart ore tracking system can be developed by using soft sensor technique. The ore tracking system utilizes the real time information available in both SCADA and database of a mineral processing plant or a mine. Using the ore geological data and the tonnage of ore being treated, the ore tracking system calculates and provides ore type information such as ore mixing percentage, ore grade and ore density. The ore type information provided by the ore tracking system can be made available at all process units at a mine, including primary crusher, primary stock pile, primary scrubbers, secondary scrubbers, secondary crushers, re-crusher stock pile, DMS stock piles, DMS feeders, DMS concentrate bin and the feed to next processing plant.

    The ore tracking system, developed originally for a diamond mine, can be used for other mines, including iron ore mines, coal mines, copper mines, chromium ore mine, etc.


    Ore tracking, ore type; soft sensor; smart sensor; ore type monitoring, process modeling, process measurement

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    Pan X. Online smart ore tracking system using smart sensor technology. In: Kongoli F, editors. Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit SIPS 2014 Volume 2: Mineral Processing. Volume 2. Montreal(Canada): FLOGEN Star Outreach. 2014. p. 389-400.