Experiences and Lessons with Advanced Control Systems for the SAG Mill Control in Minera Los Pelambres Daniel A. Silva*, Luis A. Tapia** *Senior Control Eng., Automation Department, Minera Los Pelambres, Choapa, Chile (4001 Apoquindo Ave., 18th Floor, Santiago, tel.: +56-2-7983609; e-mail: [email protected]).. **Concentrator Operations Superintendent, Minera Esperanza,Antofagasta, Chile …

The paper is illustrated by trend plots taken from a SAG mill in a major gold mine. The paper goes on to explain the practical causes of the instability ranging from inappropriate type 2 control strategies to poor control loop tuning and to inappropriate operator intervention caused by lack of operator training.

SAG Mill process control classically maintains the SAG mill volumetric filling within a set operating range. Typically a SAG mill weight measurement, by either bearing pressure transducers or load cells, is used as an inferred measurement of volumetric filling. To maintain volumetric filling within a set operating range the SAG weight setpoint use for process control requires regular review ...

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).

Enhanced mill performance. SAGwise total process control uses specially designed acoustic sensors and proprietary process control software to monitor and respond to critical impacts inside your SAG Mill. Conditions inside your mill are automatically adjusted to minimise liner damage, stabilise and then optimise the operation of a SAG Mill.

Although the mill weight provides a reasonable and reliable indication of mill loading, it is known to be a challenge to control. Fortunately, the patented BrainWave controller has a unique ability to model SAG mill behavior so that responsive, precise control is possible. BrainWave accounts for changes in mill rotation, recycled pebbles, and ...

• 28 MW GMD for a 40' SAG mill • 28 MW GMD for 42' SAG mill Whether it is size or an installation at the highest altitude (4600 m.a.s.l.), ABB's GMDs are well positioned to contribute to the building of larger and ever more powerful mills. — Leading the gearless mill drive evolution The ABB gearless mill drive (GMD) is the most powerful ...

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 ...

At Ok Tedi, ore type and SAG feed size distribution vary widely and frequently. This makes control of the SAG mills by application of the power/pressure relationship difficult. Power logic has traditionally been conservative due to power spikes associated with rapid size-distribution changes. A new expert system was installed in early 2000. The system incorporates multiple state fuzzy logic to ...

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.

Figures 8 and 9 on the right show results from a gold plant's SAG mill achieved with MillStar's Segregated Ore Feed Controller combined with the Power Optimiser: • The standard deviation of the mill feed control is greatly reduced. • The cyclone feed is more stable, allowing for consistent size separation and feed to downstream processes.

The SAG mill design is based on Outotec's proprietary grinding mill technology, developed over decades for maximum reliability and performance. The mill will be operated as a single stage SAG mill (primary and secondary duty combined) with very high throughput made possible by the use of Outotec's patented Turbo Pulp Lifter (TPL(TM)) Technology.

Founded by Dr. Karl Gugel, Digital Control Lab started its life in 1998 as an electronics consulting firm known as DiCon Labs. During the early years, DiCon Lab was contacted by a leading cement manufacturer to replace microphone based systems for real-time mill loading measurements. The result was the first generation of MillScan products.

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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