Metso's Automation And Intelligent Solutions Increase Safety, Productivity And Cost Efficiency In Minerals Processing And Aggregate Production

HELSINKI, Finland, Sept. 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
Metso Corporation's press release on September 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. local timeDevelopment of automation technology improves the utilization of real time dataAs raw materials and other resources become scarcer and plants look for new waysto be more efficient with energy use and operations, Metso is developing itsoffering in intelligent processes and service solutions to help customers meetthese challenges.In minerals processing and aggregate production, today's top drivers are safety,productivity and cost efficiency. Automation and intelligent solutions enableplants to improve both their financial and environmental performance. Metsoprovides these industries with a unique combination of in-house expertise onprocesses, plant-wide automation and energy-efficient equipment and processes.Recently, Metso DNA systems have been ordered, for example, from SSGPO inKazakhstan, Codelco El Teniente in Chile and Norilsk Nickel Kolskaya GMK inRussia."In hard economic times when plants have no extra money for new machineinvestments, they can get more out of their existing equipment and processesthrough automation and intelligent solutions. Productivity and cost efficiencycan be improved by optimizing process performance and minimizing lost time,"says Kari Heikkilä, Director, Minerals Processing Systems, Automation, Metso.According to Heikkilä, Metso is currently developing solutions that will embedautomation even further within the machines, enabling them to intelligentlycommunicate with each other. Active R&D within Metso and collaboration withrecognized research institutes keeps the company at the forefront of technology.Better availability and productivityBy enabling better process control and visibility, an advanced automation systemkeeps processes running smoothly. Accurate online measurement information anddiagnostics show how the machines and the plant are working; a single piece ofdata can make or break the process. For example, condition monitoring solutionsinstalled on large machines enable preventive maintenance and help avoid costlyunplanned downtime, resulting in better machine reliability and availability."You have to measure a process in order to control it. Plant stability is thekey to good overall capacity, high-quality end products and safe operation,"Heikkilä continues.Declining ore grades and complex ores with more impurities mean getting more outof less and cause headaches in minerals processing. Minerals recovery can beoptimized and production boosted through seamless integration between Metso'ssystems, online data, equipment, services and innovations. It also enables thereduction of energy and water consumption, resulting not only in cost efficiencybut also in a lower environmental impact.Towards zero accidentsSafety is a high priority, and having zero accidents is every plant's goal.Automation removes operators from the vicinity of the machines to the safecontrol room environment. The level of safety is increased through betterinformation distribution."Automation also helps with the shortage of skilled mining employees. As plantsare often far from urban areas, recruiting staff can be difficult," Heikkiläpoints out. "Automation reduces the need for experts, thus lowering costs.Remotely operated machinery can be run from a faraway location. And Metso'sremote support can be reached 24/7."References around the worldMetso's flagship system for minerals processing and aggregate production isMetso DNA. It is a scalable system that can be expanded step by step from onesubprocess to another to build a complete plant-wide system including advancedprocess controls, analyzers and information management. It can also beintegrated flexibly with other suppliers' systems. The system is complemented bya wide technology and service offering."Over the years, we have delivered systems to mining customers, for example, inScandinavia, Europe, Russia, Brazil and Chile," Heikkilä lists. Projectdeliveries are always secured with Metso's local customer service that focuseson life-cycle support. The role of service and performance agreements isconstantly growing.One of Metso's longest-standing mining customers is Yara Siilinjärvi, locatedclose to Kuopio, Finland. It is the only phosphate mine in Western Europe andhas boosted its productivity with the Metso DNA automation system since 1979.Cooperation between the two companies for more than 30 years has ensuredreliable, high-quality production at the plant. With accurate measurements andanalyses, the plant has been able to optimize both the process and use of rawmaterials, thus preventing any overuse of expensive materials. Being able tocontrol the entire production chain has increased control accuracy and improvedboth the quantity and quality of the plant.Metso's mining and construction professionals specialise in always bringing theright technology, processes, machinery and services to our customers in theaggregates production, construction, mining and minerals processing and in metaland waste recycling. Expect Automation segment's process automation and flow control solutions meet thegrowing needs of Metso's customer industries to improve production processefficiency as raw materials and energy sources become scarcer and their costsincrease. Our global network of service experts delivers business solutions toour customers that improve their productivity, lower risks and optimize, is a global supplier of technology and services to customers in theprocess industries, including mining, construction, pulp and paper, power, andoil and gas. Our 30,000 professionals based in over 50 countries contribute tosustainability and deliver profitability to customers worldwide. Metso's sharesare listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, further information, please contact:Kari S. Heikkilä, Director, Minerals Processing Systems, Automation, Metsokari.s.heikkila(at), tel. +358 40 552 8372[HUG#1728520]