Wet processing equipment manufacturer CDE is launching Intelligent Plant, next generation technology that employs machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor and automate previously manual processes.
CDE says the tech enables the plant to make smart decisions in real time. It adds that beta testing with a European customer indicated that the system can boost productivity by up to 40% with a payback period of under six months.
Intelligent Plant is designed to address the issue of material overloading, which can cause considerable disruption to the running of a plant. Overloading can impact plant optimisation resulting in lower yields and the need for greater maintenance. Intelligent Plant uses a series of belt-weighers to establish the amount of material which enters the plant and determine the ratio between sand, aggregates and silt output.
If the plant is running at below optimal utilisation where weightings and output are unbalanced against set targets or failing to maximise on production capacity, the plant is designed to respond to address the issue itself in real time by, for example, adjusting feed rates.
Intelligent Plant is based around OptiMax, the latest addition to CDE’s CORE range of technology solutions that have been developed to give customers greater control of their plant. CORE uses automation and sensors to monitor and enhance productivity, minimise downtime, automate processes and lower operating costs while maximising profitability.
Tom Houston, director of CustomCare at CDE, said: “Intelligent Plant has created thinking plants that reduce downtime, maintenance and fixed costs while increasing yield and revenues for plant owners by almost half, and in some cases even more.”
This article first appeared on our Daily News website at bauma 2019.