Obsolescence is one key topic that needs to be addressed by maintenance teams in mining operations. With the advancements in technology, especially on the control and automation fields, sometimes it is necessary to upgrade the existing system to prevent major downtimes due to e.g. threats on cyber security.
In Gearless Mill Drives application, the Cycloconverter that drives the ring motor has a control system that, in the recent case of Barrick Goldstrike, had to undergo a control upgrade.
This presentation shows the highlights and the challenges of the control upgrade at Barrick, where operators received a modern, very fast and state-of-the-art technology platform, including several new useful functionalities.
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