Flexibility: vital to the survival of mining

Mining is entering a new era where it needs to be flexible and ready to adapt immediately.

Research shows that worldwide mining operations are as much as 28 percent less productive today than a decade ago. Key to improving productivity is being flexible and being able to adapt to changing conditions.[1]

As Deloitte points out: “It is becoming eminently clear that mining companies face rising regulatory, geopolitical, economic, and technological uncertainty.”

It goes on to state “with volatility the new norm, however, embracing uncertainty and finding ways to manage it will be key to success.” [2]

Essentially, miners will have to plan for the worst but hope for the best.

Mining executives are wringing more productivity from their organisations by heightening their focus on operational excellence.

One way this can be achieved is by building a business that is well equipped to adapt to change. This needs to be built into the core of the company and working throughout, right down to the equipment used.

One supplier working to the help companies increase productivity and be at-the-ready for change, is Honeywell.

Honeywell has this year launched the Touchpoint Pro – a complete integrated gas and logic safety control system that delivers unrivalled flexibility and connectivity, creating an industrial safety culture that is second to none.

Representing the next evolution in industrial safety, Touchpoint Pro provides a platform that can adapt to any site requirement offering total flexibility, intuitive use and the ability to dramatically reduce ongoing costs.

Touchpoint Pro is an ideal solution for small to midsized operations. Touchpoint Pro’s flexible architecture enables the exact system to be built to customer requirements — optimising operations and cost. Thanks to a unique modular approach, Touchpoint Pro is the only control solution that enables the customer to build a centralised system, distributed system or a combination — all with the same components. The unique architecture of Touchpoint Pro can significantly reduce cabling costs and installation time and is easily expanded or integrated into an emergency gas shutdown system.

 “Touchpoint Pro can save customers as much as 50% on the total cost per channel when you factor in all of its cost-saving aspects, including equipment, installation and cabling,” said Andrew Thompson, Vice President and General Manager for Honeywell Analytics EMEA. “This makes it a highly attractive solution for today’s cost-conscious customer.”

For a flexible solution to suit your site, choose Honeywell’s Touchpoint Pro.

For more information visit: www.honeywellanalytics.com.

[1]http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/energy_resources_materials/productivity_in_mining_operations_reversing_the_downward_trend
[2] http://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/global/Documents/Energy-and-Resources/gx-er-tracking-the-trends-2015.pdf

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