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Maximizing Plant Utilization

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 Maximizing Plant Utilization - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Data Visualization
  • Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Database Management & Storage
Applicable Industries
  • Mining
Applicable Functions
  • Business Operation
  • Software Design & Engineering Services
The Challenge

While Argyle Diamond Mine had an existing delay accounting system that was developed in-house, the challenges of a legacy system were exasperated by the departure of the in-house developer. As a result, the company struggled to remain up-to-date with the changes in the mining process along with advances in software capabilities.

Due to changes in mining operations, a large number of equipment events were recorded as text data. This made it difficult to search for trends since the system was dependent on user input, which was not consistent across each user.

The challenge for Argyle Diamonds was to determine which delay accounting system would be the best to implement given a limited budget and a well-defined set of needs: something scalable, capturing all delays at the plant level, with the ability to classify and search delay events.

The Customer

Argyle Diamond Mine

About The Customer

Argyle Diamond Mine, owned by Rio Tinto, is one of Australia’s oldest diamond mines. The mine has been operating since 1983 and has produced more than 800 million carats of rough diamonds. It is one of the world’s largest suppliers of diamonds and the world’s largest supplier of natural colored diamonds and is famous for its signature pink diamonds.

The Solution

After evaluating options ranging from an updated in-house system to Excel-based solutions to other automated systems, it was ultimately determined that RtDUET was the ideal solution for Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine.

  1. The system is specialized in capturing, analyzing, and reporting on downtime events within a manufacturing environment; because RtDUET was developed especially for delay accounting, there are no additional costs for irrelevant modules. 
  2. RtDUET offers production management the ability to validate data which acts as a secondary checkpoint.
  3. RtDUET is compatible with Argyle Diamond Mine’s data historian, OSIsoft PI System™, the system used to collect data on-site.
  4. Reporting features within RtDUET offer additional value.
Operational Impact
  • [Data Management - Data Visualization]

    RtDUET grabs data and utilizes macros within Excel to present the information in such a way that it can be manipulated and visualized in a simple manner.

  • [Data Management - Data Storage]

    RtDUET offers continuous support, documentation, and the ability for Argyle Diamond Mine to provide input for future features.

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