Xstrata receives process control

MIPAC is working with Xstrata to improve operations in its Mt Isa Zinc Concentrator.

MIPAC is working with Xstrata to improve operations in its Mt Isa Zinc Concentrator.

MIPAC will help Xstrata to automate and optimise key processes in the plant with the provision of a control solution that integrates with existing systems and leads to a significant improvement in throughput and recovery of precious metal.

MIPAC is working onsite in Mt Isa to understand first-hand Xstrata’s operational requirements and ensure the solution is designed to specifically meet the operating goals of the plant.

The end result will be a control strategy that automates key processes and optimises plant operating strategies.

MIPAC’s product manager director Tony Mathison said Xstrata recognised the value of implementing a control strategy.

“By undertaking this project Xstrata will substantially increase production and stabilise operations at these increased levels,” he said.

The solution will be implemented using control technology from the CSense(r) online environment.

MIPAC is a CSense(r) Solution Partner and using CSense(r) allows for a real-time solution that will be tailored for the Mt Isa Zinc Concentrator and its production objectives.

The project provides a plant wide solution for the Zinc Concentrator, including rod mills; flotation; IsaMill fine grind and the SAG mill.

It will be implemented in four phases and completed before the end of 2008.

Tony Mathison

Product Manager Director

MIPAC

email@mipac.com.au

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