Date recorded: June 30 2020

The mining and metals industry focuses on solutions that protect people in laboratories and allows continuous operation with a minimal number of operators.

In addition, lower commodity prices, weaker demand, environmental regulations, lower ore grades, higher running costs are some of the main challenges that the mining industry must deal with every day.

To cope with such new conditions other ways for process monitoring and decision making are required to improve productivity, process stability and sustainability. Trends towards extensive use of real-time monitoring directly in the process and automation and robots in the laboratories enables the reduction of cash costs and an increase in revenues. Fast and almost real-time data collection using single or multiple sensors can be used to predict, identify and manage operational problems, improvements, productivity, costs and enables immediate decision-making and process adjustments.

The value of automated laboratories for process and quality control will be demonstrated using several case studies.