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The 'Good as Can Be' Production Minute - Javier Orellana & Cristian Cancino - Online

Date From: 01 November 2017
Location: Online
Description: An online presentation organised by IChemE's Mining & Minerals Special Interest Group. Members of the Mining & Minerals Special Interest Group can replay a recording of this webinar, and view the slides, free of charge. Visit the Resources area on your group's website, and log in with your membership number and PIN / password to access the webinar archive. This 60 minute webinar from IChemE's Mining and Minerals Special Interest Group is free of charge and open to all.
Event Type: Webinar
Organiser: Mining & Minerals Special Interest Group

Book Event

In the Mining and Minerals SIG webinar in August, Shaun Dore explained that good years were made up of good days, which in turn were made of good minutes. This webinar will feature 2 case studies using Model Predictive Control and Dynamic Simulation to get more good minutes in minerals processing operations.


  • Cover digital transformation in MMM (1 to 2 mins)
  • Introduction of the MMM CoE and how SE supports the industry (1 min)
  • Brief review of SE solution stack using standard slide (1 min)

Case Studies

Case study 1 (Cristian) –15-20 mins
Optimizing Grinding Circuit using APC
This case study reviews challenges found in typical process control strategies in grinding circuits and how major mining industries have implemented an integrated advance control strategy based in Model Predictive Control to optimise not only particular equipment operations but the multivariable control of the processing area. The presentation will examine the typical benefits achieved and how typical benefit comparisons are made. We will also discuss the impact of key people engagement (stakeholder management) on the successful implementation.

Case study 2 (Javier) - 20 mins
Implementation of an Integrated advance control strategy to optimize pH control in copper recovery
This case study reviews how a major copper produces implemented an integrated advance control strategy to optimised the control of pH for a concentration operation which included multiple grinding lines and flotation banks. The presentation will examine the approach take to evaluate the technical requirements for a solutions that satisfied the business objectives and operation constraints. We will also discuss the impact of effective people engagement (stakeholder management) on the successful implementation and discuss the generic benefit to the customer.

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Javier-OrellanaJavier Orellana leads Schneider Electric’s Real Time Optimisation practice for minerals processing. With Schneider Electric since 2009, Javier previously had 22 years at the University of Sydney where he conducted research in the areas of process systems engineering and control and the application of computer based technologies for delivering practical engineering subjects. Most recently, Javier has been instrumental in applying optimisation technology to various mineral processing operations in copper, coal and iron ore.

Cristian-CancinoCristian Cancino is a Senior Process Control Engineer at Schneider Electric. He received his bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Chile in 2005 and has developed Model Predictive Control and Simulation solutions in Slag Electric Furnaces, Mills and Flotation as well as soft sensors design, modelling and implementation and metallurgical analysis.


A one-hour online session: 40 minutes' presentation + 20 minutes' Q&A.
Duration (for CPD recording purposes): up to one hour.
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