Weir Minerals’ Integrated Solutions Engineering
Published by John Williams,
Global Mining Review,
Since brothers James and George Weir founded what would become the Weir Group with their 1871 invention on the Weir boiler feed pump has been a key component for the company.
“Integrated Solutions also aligns closely with the Weir Group’s sustainability strategy. We often talk to our customers about the challenges they face in terms of energy consumption, water usage and waste, and brainstorm ways in which we can help reduce their environmental impact. In this current climate, this approach is absolutely critical,” stated John McNulty, Vice President of Global Engineering and Technology for Weir Minerals.
When confronted with a problem that requires more than a single piece of equipment, the company draws on its integrated solutions teams, made up of process engineers, design engineers, product experts, materials scientists, supply chain and logistics experts, as well as local sales teams who know the customer’s site back to front.
These multi-disciplinary teams ensure that a problem is considered from all perspectives, identifying potential issues and opportunities to optimise the circuit with upstream and downstream benefits.
With almost 10 000 employees operating in more than fifty countries, Weir Minerals can build teams with experience working in every kind of mine and quarry, in environments ranging from Canada’s frozen Oil Sands region and Indonesia’s rain-prone coal mines to remote deserts in Chile, Mongolia and Australia.
As well as optimising equipment to provide maximum efficiency and wear life in any given situation, the integrated solutions team’s expertise allows them to tailor solutions that can be flown onto site when the roads freeze in the winter, prevent crocodiles climbing onto floating equipment, and utilise waste products like tailings as a resource.
“For us, we believe nothing is ‘impossible’ and we continually look for better ways of doing things,” said Seda Kahraman, a Regional Process Engineering Manager for Weir Minerals.
“Our team is made up of specialists each possessing different process systems’ expertise including, but not limited to: troubleshooting, designing tools, and process simulation programmes. We combine this wealth of knowledge to deliver innovative solutions that address our customers’ varied needs.”
The team perform process audits during site visits to identify bottlenecks, and then using flowsheets, mass balances, 3D layouts, and feasibility studies, advise on the most appropriate solution for the customer to not just resolve the problem they came to Weir Minerals with, but to optimise their process to save energy, reduce water waste or increase capacity.
Read the article online at: https://www.globalminingreview.com/product-news/19052020/weir-minerals-integrated-solutions-engineering/
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