Digging for Digital Gold: Ma’aden to Use IIoT to Enhance Mining Operations

Digging for Digital Gold: Ma’aden to Use IIoT to Enhance Mining Operations

July 19, 2018 at 02:07pm

Saudi Arabia is most famous for its “black gold” but it also has sizable quantities of real gold. Using digital data – today’s newest “gold” – GE Digital will help the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) produce this precious metal, as well as phosphate and aluminum, more efficiently.  

A Memorandum of Understanding between the two companies sets out how they will deploy digital industrial solutions across the full scale of Ma’aden’s operations. From “drill to mill,” these solutions will be deployed not only at Ma’aden’s sites focused on gold production, but also its phosphate and aluminum operations. 

GE Digital’s industrial internet of things (IIoT) solutions will use data generated by Ma’aden equipment and systems in combination with powerful analytics to improve all types of operations. For example, the solutions will allow Ma’aden processes to run efficiently, irrespective of what grade of ore is being used.  

Solutions also will aim to reduce fuel and energy consumption and costs, and lower maintenance expenses. Addition benefits include improving equipment reliability and availability, and increasing productivity and efficiency across all operations. 

The solutions will be built and deployed on Predix, GE’s IIoT application development platform. Predix, and the software built on this platform, have been developed to address the unique requirements of heavy industry operations, such as Ma’aden’s.  

The project will support Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which calls for a digital transformation within the economy.

In addition, GE will advise Ma’aden on a digital transformation program, and bring leadership and skills training to Ma’aden from Crotonville, GE’s renowned corporate university in New York.

Read more stories here about GE Digital serving industrial customers across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey region in the fields of aviation, healthcare, oil and gas through Baker Hughes GE, power and transportation.

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