Metso Mines Data Capabilities With IIoT Platform

June 1, 2017
Looking to become a digital leader in mining and other industries, Metso has partnered with Rockwell Automation to monitor and analyze assets in the field.

Like many other manufacturing industries these days, mining operations are digging for more than just minerals. With a goal to become a digital leader in the industries it serves—mining and aggregates among them—Metso is digging deep for data.

With help from Rockwell Automation, Metso is using a global Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform to connect its equipment and services out in the field, monitoring and analyzing assets to improve efficiency and profitability for its mining and aggregates customers.

Metso recently launched a digital program to accelerate its digital capabilities in mineral processing and flow control—making digitalization an integral part of its growth strategy. “We focus on very practical and concrete ways to go forward. Digitalization is a tool to make things happen,” said Matti Kähkönen, Metso’s CEO, at the time. “New technologies are here and new business models can help us grow.”

The IIoT platform, built on Rockwell’s FactoryTalk Cloud (in turn powered by Microsoft Azure), will securely collect and store data from Metso’s equipment around the globe. This will enable Metso to provide remote asset monitoring services to its customers, including predictive analytics and preventive maintenance.

“For our mining and aggregates customers, access to real-time data enables higher uptime, faster and safer shutdowns, and ultimately more tonnage processed at lower cost,” said Jani Puroranta, chief digital officer for Metso. “Enabled by an Industrial IoT platform from Rockwell Automation and global coverage with Microsoft Azure’s data centers, Metso can deliver analyzed equipment data into the hands of its customers for advanced decision-making.”

Metso first launched a pilot IIoT program in 2015, getting Rockwell’s help to remotely monitor an African-based mining crusher from a location in Wisconsin. Metso was immediately able to use the data collected to identify opportunities for improvements in machine performance. With the confidence gained from that pilot, Metso decided to broaden its IIoT implementation globally.

“Metso has an inspiring vision to deliver powerful analytics and information solutions in mining and aggregates that will drive business results for customers,” said Blake Moret, president and CEO of Rockwell Automation. “This is the type of foresight and focus on application of IoT across operations that we are excited to see developing in all industries.”

About the Author

Aaron Hand | Editor-in-Chief, ProFood World

Aaron Hand has three decades of experience in B-to-B publishing with a particular focus on technology. He has been with PMMI Media Group since 2013, much of that time as Executive Editor for Automation World, where he focused on continuous process industries. Prior to joining ProFood World full time in late 2020, Aaron worked as Editor at Large for PMMI Media Group, reporting for all publications on a wide variety of industry developments, including advancements in packaging for consumer products and pharmaceuticals, food and beverage processing, and industrial automation. He took over as Editor-in-Chief of ProFood World in 2021. Aaron holds a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University and an M.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois.

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