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Automation Upgrade - Mining & Mineral - 07/01/2012 -

GTH Upgrades Process System to Improve Efficiency at Local Mine
Baker Hughes, Nevada manufactures drilling compounds for the mining industry and utilizes a blower system to pressurize and transfer drilling compounds from the grinding mill to storage tanks. The technology in operation was antiquated and required constant attention from the maintenance staff to keep it running.

The Challenge
George T. Hall Company (GTH) was contracted to provide a turnkey control system to replace the existing controls which, included:
  • Continuous pressure monitoring of tank pressure.
  • Staged control of material transfer based on tank pressures.
  • Monitoring and alarming.
Over a three day period we worked in conjunction with the customer to replace their two product transfer systems.

The Solution
With the help of Schneider Modicon PLCs and Honeywell Pressure Transmitters, GTH was able to engineer a solution to satisfy Bakerís main objectives.
Benefits include:
  • Touchscreen interface for set point adjustments to maximize efficiency
  • Decreased downtime
  • Increased production
  • Optimized system for future SCADA system



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