Weir Minerals and AVEVA have signed a digital business framework for strategic cooperation.

The objectives of the agreement include:

  • Digitally enabling the mining industry by simplifying data access and data sharing with easy and secure on-premises or cloud integration between Weir Minerals and its customers.
  • Establishing the data foundation for technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to optimise equipment and processes and thereby maximising sustainable performance.
  • Pioneering new and innovative digital solutions supporting our common customers digital transformation and adoption of intelligent solutions.

Weir Minerals will utilise the AVEVA PI System to collect, contextualise and analyse data streams, which will become the data foundation of its Synertrex digital ecosystem. This – along with AVEVA Data Hub, a cloud-native hub for aggregating and contextualising on-premises and remote data – will offer the mining industry a unique solution for securely connecting mining operators with Weir Minerals as an OEM.

The business model will provide a variety of flexible integration solutions – from on-premises to cloud – that will make it easier for miners to integrate with the Weir Minerals’ Synertrex digital ecosystem. It uses a secure and simplified approach to access and share real-time and historical operations data.

These shared ecosystems will provide miners and Weir Minerals with full data transparency and an easy-to-access, real-time 360-degree view of all Synertrex-enabled equipment and processes. They will also be the basis of the further development of digital twins and predictive algorithms, which will provide decision-makers with recommended actions and real-time decision support. This will lead to less power and water consumption and extended equipment life.

“The AVEVA PI System is an established industrial data management solution that’s currently used by nine of the top ten Fortune 500 mining companies,” Ole Knudsen, Weir Minerals, Director Digital, said,

The proven and secure PI System enables us to build a series of Asset Framework templates for our equipment, making it a secure yet simple plug and play exercise to connect our equipment to our customers’ digital ecosystems. This will enable the critical first steps of a structured and standardised data approach.

“With the addition of the new AVEVA Data Hub and Weir Minerals’ Synertrex solutions, we’re in a unique position as an OEM to offer our customers a real game-changing approach to a flexible data sharing strategy. This will be the foundation of our data and intelligence driven digital optimisation solutions; this is how Weir Minerals will transform and enable more sustainable mining operations.”