Advanced control and optimization: Driving operational excellence in mining, mineral and metal industry

Yale Zhang, Ph.D., P.Eng., Process Engineering and Strategic Studies, Vale Inco

11 March 2010 at 10:30

Location: JHE 326H

In the past few years, there has been a huge wave of acquisition and merger activity in mining, mineral and metal industry supported by continuously increased corporate profits and sky high commodities demand. However, due to recent global economic slowdown, the industry today is facing great pressure to lower the cost and respond to the severe downturn in metal prices. Advanced control and optimization technologies can play a significant role to help the mining, mineral and metal industry improve process performance, maximize profitability and create sustainable competitive advantage. This is demonstrated by several successful industrial applications in this presentation, focusing on the areas of process data analysis and supply chain optimization. The future R&D opportunities and challenges in the mining, mineral and metal industry are also discussed.

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