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At the Lihir Gold Mine, the plant was utilizing mill's bearing pressure to calculate load measurement for the SAG mill in HGO1. The use of SAG mill weight for process control is additionally complicated at Lihir by compromised and suddenly drifting load cell and bearing pressure measurements on two of the process plant's three SAG mills.

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The Manta Controls Advanced Control System, called the SAG Cube, automatically monitors and controls a SAG Mill, keeping track of critical process variables impacting mill throughput. For most sites, one hour of operation provides a revenue between AUD$ 20,000 per hour up to or greater than AUD$ 100,000 per hour.

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If the SAG mill is not intended to be the rate-limiting step in a process plant, then it is best to adjust the SAG load (and power) to hold a constant tonnage to satisfy another constraint elsewhere. Underground mines are an example: the hoisting capacity of the mine shaft is the rate-limiting step in the process, and the SAG mill must adapt to ...

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OPTIMAL SAG MILL CONTROL USING VIBRATION & DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING TECHNIQUES ABSTRACT Recent developments in low power wireless and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technologies have given rise to a new system that can monitor vibrations in real-time on the rotating surface of SAG, AG, and Ball mills.

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According to the authors, through continuous improvement and the use of advanced technologies like SmartEar, Pueblo Viejo—a joint venture between Barrick (60%) and Goldcorp (40%)—is improving the control and operation of its SAG mill, resulting in reduced liner wear, more efficient mill performance and optimized energy consumption.

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1 Optimization and Control of a Primary SAG Mill Using Real-time Grind Measurement C.W Steyn*, K Keet**, W Breytenbach*** *Control Engineer, Anglo American Platinum, Control and Instrumentation Department, Johannesburg,

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Therefore the SAG mill speed could not be controlled using the microphone based signal and instead was manually controlled/set by the control room operator. Thus operation/speed of the mill could and would change significantly based on a particular operator running the mill and their overall level of mill operation experience and skill.

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Control of -SemiAutogenous Grinding(SAG) mill weight is an example of an important process that exhibits many of these aspects. Maintaining the SAG mill weight at the optimum value is critical for achieving maximum grind rate efficiency and mill production (Powell, M.S., van der Westhuizen, A.P., & Mainza, A.N. 2009).

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control are discussed. The ROM SAG mill circuit—a brief description The typical ROM SAG mill circuit is depicted in Figure 1. The circuit is usually closed with either a screen or, more commonly, a cyclone for product size classification. The focus of control can be divided into two parts, viz. the

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SAG is an acronym for semi-autogenous grinding. SAG mills are autogenous mills that also use grinding balls like a ball mill. A SAG mill is usually a primary or first stage grinder. SAG mills use a ball charge of 8 to 21%. The largest SAG mill is 42' (12.8m) in diameter, powered by a 28 MW (38,000 HP) motor.

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Oct 12, 2017· SAG mill make use of steel balls included with some large and hard rocks for grinding. These mills utilize the balls in making the large fragments of materials broken into pieces. The ball charge of a SAG mill is about 9% to 20%.This process takes place inside the large rotating drum of SAG mill which is filled with balls partially.

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To increase and optimise production, Mipac was commissioned to improve throughput in the plant, specifically working on inefficiencies in SAG mill controls. Mipac Scope: Designed and implement a new control strategy on the SAG mill; Project Highlights: Modifying the distributed control system to de-bottleneck the feed to the SAG mill

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This paper demonstrates the design of a robust control scheme for a semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill. Feedback (FB), feedback plus feedforward (FF) and reduced order (i.e. less complex) robust controllers were all developed and tested—each providing tight control over the SAG mill power draw by adjusting the feed rate to the mill.

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AG/SAG mills are normally used to grind run-offmine ore or primary crusher product. Feed size to the mill is limited to that size which can be practically conveyed and introduced into the mill. The mill product can either be finished size ready for processing, or an intermediate size ready for final grinding in a ball mill, pebble mill, or

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SAG Mill Control at Northparkes Page: 1 SAG Mill Control at Northparkes Mines (Not So Hard After All) A. J. Thornton, Principal Process Control Engineer1 Tom Pethybridge, Production Superintendent – OPD2 Tom Rivett, Process Control Engineer2 Richard Dunn, Metallurgical Superintendent2 1.

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1. The SAG mill speed (rpm) 2. The SAG mill power (MW) 3. The SAG mill feed rate (tph) 4. The SAG mill weight (tonnes) Figure 10. The performance of Train 1 SAG Mill - before the new Manta Cube. It can be seen from this set of operational data that the mill weight varies over a wide range and this is consistent with normal operator control of a ...

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SAG mill control is essentially the stabilisation of mill load (and/or power) and density which can be implemented successfully and very cost-effectively on most modern PLC or DCS platforms. The application of advanced regulatory control is a MIPAC speciality which we have applied productively in SAG milling and other mineral beneficiation ...

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Advanced Controller for Grinding Mills: Results from a Ball Mill Circuit in a Copper Concentrator ... (SAG) mills. Given this large operational ... The first successfully implemented multivariable process control (MPC) is described for a SAG mill circuit in a bauxite …

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The running largest SAG mill is more than 13 meters in diameter, the full automatic control of the SAG mill has already been developed and applied, and now it is being gradually accepted and used in gold industry. Technical Parameters of SAG Mill. The capacity of the SAG mill is related to lots of factors such as feed size, size distribution ...

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Dec 02, 2019· Rockwell Automation joins forces with Manta Controls advanced process control algorithm, the Manta Cube, to achieve operational stability on a closed-loop single stage SAG mill at WA Gold Fields St. Ives gold mine.

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Grinding & Classification Circuits. ... There were some good correlations, but not reliable enough to use mill control. In one 36 ft SAG we used load cells for weight control (to adjust speed), with feed rate control and power control were used in conduction with the speed control. Worked excellent.

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SAG Mill Control Instability: Causes and Solutions. Oscillatory unstable behaviour in a SAG mill is characterised by the mill constantly cycling between an overload condition and recovery from that condition by a substantial reduction in feed rate tonnes. Such behaviour is commonplace with SAG mills and gives rise to a significant overall ...

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SAG mill control fundamentally means managing the load in the mill by adjusting the feed rate of ore to the mill and/or manipulating the rotational speed of the mill. The best way to measure load is to mount the mill on load cells. The load cells are calibrated to measure the total weight of water, grinding media (balls) and ore in the mill ...

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SAG Mill Control: It Shouldn't be that Hard An economically appealing method for improving operations is available without the capital expense — get more out of a mill by applying the advanced control capabilities in the existing plant control system By Andrew Thornton

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Every mining operation has a unique grinding process. has experience of over 8,000 grinding mills globally, including manufacturing and delivering the largest SAG/AG mills in the world. Our experts welcome the opportunity to assist you with circuit and circuit control design as well as start-up, operation, and optimization of your mill.

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The results in SAG-Mill line 2 are even more dramatic. Because of segregation on the coarse feed stockpile, SAG-mill 2 receives a higher percentage of coarse material. The KnowledgeScape strategy's ability to maintain smooth and stable operation of the mill was more apparent when contrasted to the DCS control on the "difficult" line.

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Through continuous improvement and the use of advanced technologies like SmartEar™, Pueblo Viejo are improving the control and operation of their SAG mill, resulting in reduced liner wear, more efficiency.Volume Title: 12th Mill Operators' Conference 2014 Semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill co

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445 PAPER 28 Evolution of SAG Mill Process Control at the Xstrata Nickel Raglan Operation Erik Bartsch1, Chief Engineer Guy Comeau2, Senior Metallurgist Colin Hardie3, Former Chief Metallurgist 1 Process Control Group, Xstrata Process Support 6 Edison Rd, Falconbridge, Ontario

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Aug 25, 2004· Another strategy to control the mineral feed is to control the electric current or power of the elevator. The current is a meassure of mineral mass milled. If you control the current with the mill feed you'll reach a stability of the mill. The electronic ear is a good measure for alarm but not for control. I hope i can help you David Fernandez ...

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Using Fuzzy Control to Optimize SAG Mill Production Lynn B. Hales, KnowledgeScape Systems, a Division of EIMCO, Salt Lake City, UTAH Charlie Moquin, KnowledgeScape Systems, a Division of EIMCO, Salt Lake City, UTAH

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