Control Solution Makes Grinding Mills Smarter

ABB announced it is launching an advanced control package embedded within a variable-speed drive. Called SmartMill, it utilizes real-time data for continuous control of individual grinding mills, easing the burden on the operator’s experience and judgment.

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Industry’s Biggest Flotation Cell Expands Optimization Options

Frank Traczyk, director of flotation at FLSmidth, believes the mining industry’s need to address declining grades, along with pressure to reduce capital and operational costs, puts a similar burden on original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to leverage technology to provide effective solutions that meet customers’ demands. A recent outcome of this effort at FLSmidth culminated in the development of the company’s new 600 Series SuperCell flotation machine. With an active volume of 660 m3, the massive cell is considered to be the world’s largest operating flotation cell and makes it possible for users to take advantage of economies of scale.

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Weir Expands Valve Portfolio With Delta Purchase

Weir Group has acquired Delta Industrial Valves, a U.S.-based manufacturer of knife-gate valves for the mining, oil sands and other industrial markets, for a cost of up to $47 million. Based in Niles, Michigan, USA, Delta employs approximately 70 people and generated EBITDA of approximately $6.2 million over the last 12 months.

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