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RPMGlobal teams up with TestLab

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RPMGlobal has recently announced that it has joined forces with The University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Energy & Resources Digital Interoperability Industry 4.0 (ERDi i4.0) Testlab, along with Enterprise Transformation Partners (ETP), to help advance standards-based interoperability for the mining industry.

Under the partnership, RPMGlobal will collaborate on the AMIRA P1208 ‘Enabling Interoperability in Natural Resources Project’ being conducted by the UWA ERDi i4.0 TestLab in Perth, Western Australia.

To assist, RPMGlobal will make available its cutting-edge, enterprise mine planning and scheduling software and service as part of its commitment to support the first POC of the AMIRA P1208 Project. This will involve showcasing RPMGlobal’s software utilising ISA-95 standards with other software products as well as utilising realistic simulated data sets at the scale of various sites used by the AMIRA P1208 Sponsors.

Project sponsors will benefit from witnessing demonstrations that will showcase schedules being published from the company’s leading scheduling software via standard-based messages and being received by fleet management systems (FMS) and operations and material tracking systems.

Furthermore, as the company’s software integrates with other industry solutions, RPMGlobal will be able to receive actuals information from the FMS and operations and material tracking systems in real-time, enabling rapid rescheduling when production trends out of tolerance.

ETP Managing Director, John Kirkman, welcomed RPMGlobal’s involvement in the project, citing its long-standing contribution and support to the enhancement of interoperability standards such as ISA-95, as highly valuable.

“With two active members on the ISA-95 committee, RPMGlobal is a true believer in enterprise integration and it has been pleasing to see the company take advantage of what the standards have to offer by utilising them as a basis for information exchange across its solution stack,” he said.

“The UWA ERDi i4.0 TestLab is excited to have RPMGlobal on board for the project which follows on from some great success working with the RPMGlobal team in integrating their software with other ISA-95 aligned solutions in production at operational mines.”

The AMIRA P1208 project will see four POCs conducted over the next 12 months that directly address some of the key areas of value that can be unlocked via i4.0 based interoperability and technology advancement.

The project officially kicked off in May 2020 after securing support from industry partners Fortescue Metals Group, Gold Fields Australia and South32.

RPMGlobal Chief Technology Officer, Paul Beesley, said the company remained committed to championing the development and application of industry standards in the exchange of critical mining information

“This new collaboration reflects RPMGlobal’s dedication to partnering with promising industry and research-led initiatives that help to foster interoperability enabled approaches to operating,” he said.

“Mine enterprise integration is at the core of RPMGlobal’s philosophy so the decision to collaborate with a respected research organisation presents us with a great opportunity to continue shaping practical outcomes for the benefit of the entire mining industry.

“At RPMGlobal, we have been working towards improving interoperability industry standards for many years so it is great to be involved with the ERDi TestLab team to help realise that goal.”

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