Georgia SME Section

SME GA Section Meeting - 11/15/2018 @ 6:00 PM - Brett Schug, PhD - Andritz Automation - New Automation Technologies for Mineral Processing Operations

  • 1.  SME GA Section Meeting - 11/15/2018 @ 6:00 PM - Brett Schug, PhD - Andritz Automation - New Automation Technologies for Mineral Processing Operations

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    Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration

    Georgia Section Meeting Notice

     

    A meeting of the SME Georgia Section will be held on November 15, 2018 at Clover Room at Rock Eagle Dining Hall, Eatonton, GA.

     Location is at 350 Rock Eagle Road, Eatonton, GA 31024

    Meeting Agenda

     

    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM        Social Hour

    6:50 PM - 7:00 PM        Environmental Issues Forum -- moderated by Dr. Sal Romero (Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates Inc.).

    7:00 PM - 7:30 PM        Dinner Served – Fresh Apple Salad, Coca Cola Glazed Ham, Sweet Potato Soufflé, green beans, broccoli casserole, Yeast rolls, and Red Velvet Cake.

    7:30 PM. – 7:40 PM      Business Meeting – Announcements for Georgia Section SME.

         7:40 PM - 8:30 PM       Speaker: Brett W.  Schug, Business Development Mgr., Andritz Automation, Decatur.

                                                  https://www.andritz.com/automation-en/locations/inc-decatur-usa

     

    Subject Matter: New Automation Technologies for Mineral Processing Operations

     

    The Automation Solutions division of ANDRITZ has created new technologies which are now being applied to mineral processing operations. With the IDEAS process simulation software, the team creates a Digital Twin of a portion of a facility and links that simulation to actual plant measurements. The simulation model then employs its built-in calculation methods to determine other process parameters which might be unmeasured, unreliably measured, in the current operation. The resulting values represent a Virtual Instrument. This technology has been installed at the Haile Gold Mine in South Carolina for slurry density / solids percentage on a hydrocyclone feed line, and the two resulting hydrocyclone exit lines. Other applications are being evaluated, with slurry pumping locations being the initial target application in mineral processing operations. Included with the Virtual Instrument is tie-in to the existing control system by ANDRITZ DCS/PLC engineers.

     

    A second automation technology applied at mineral processing operations is model-predictive control using the BrainWave controller, and ACE (ANDRITZ Control Expert) supervisory-level optimization. The BrainWave technology solves control problems where PID controllers tend to work poorly – systems with nonlinearities, lag times, and coupled loops. The newer ACE technology employs artificial intelligence to adjust process set points to optimize operations and increase profits after BrainWave has stabilized the process. These technologies are active across the world for a wide variety minerals and mineral processing operations, including crushing, grinding, thickening, flotation, drying, long conveyors, and others.

     

     

    Biography: Brett W. Schug, Ph.D., Business Development Manager, Andritz Automation.

     

    Brett Schug holds a Ph.D. from the Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering. His graduate work in process modeling and design led him to become a Technical Lead for Simulation with the IDEAS Simulation Software at ANDRITZ. Brett is the author of several papers on process simulation, and now serves as a Business Development Manager for the mining industry in the Automation Solutions division of ANDRITZ. He assists mineral processing projects and facilities in the employment of advanced process automation technologies, including simulation and advanced process control, as well as advanced methodologies in electrical and instrumentation engineering.

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    NEW MEETING LOCATION – Rock Eagle 4-H Center – Clover Room at Dining Hall – Please see directions below .  If you enter 350 Rock Eagle Road, Eatonton, GA 31024 on your phone's GPS, it should take you just across the street from the Dining Hall.  Directions are also given in the attachment.   

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    Note:  The cost for both members and guests is $30 per person.  The cost for Students is $20.  Those interested in attending please mail or fax, (478) 552-4105, their registration to Tom Hilderbrand (tom.hilderbrand@thielekaolin.com; 478-552-3951, ext. 1237).  Please make checks payable to SME Georgia Section.  Complete and return this form and payment to:  SME Georgia Section, P.O. Box 1056, Sandersville, GA  31082 or RSVP by no later than November 13, 2018 or call to reserve your spot

     

    Please keep your SME Georgia Section membership current.  You can pay for dues, meeting registrations, and donations online through a service known as Square Up. We now have an online store set up for making credit card payments.  Please follow this link to make safe, secure transactions:  https://squareup.com/store/sme-ga-section

     

    You may also pay by cash, check, or credit card at the door.

     

    Name(s) of Attendees:

     

    Number of Meals              (regular meals/vegetarian meals)                                               ____/_____

     

                  Total Amount Enclosed                                                                                              ___________ 

     

     

    From Atlanta and other areas West and Midwest

    Take I-20 East towards Augusta. Take Exit 114 (Madison/Eatonton exit) and turn right (south) onto Highway 441/129. Travel about 12 miles until you see a large, rectangular, stone sign on the right which says, "University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension Service, Rock Eagle 4-H Center." Turn right and drive about 2.5 miles until you see a smaller version of this stone sign. Turn right. Drive down the hill to the guard house (at the stop sign). Follow the white and black signs to your destination.

    From Monticello

    From the square in Monticello, GA travel north on Highway 83 for .8 mile and turn right on Rock Eagle Road (in Jasper county). Continue on Rock Eagle Road for 10.2 miles until you come to a stop sign. Continue straight ahead through the stop sign crossing highway GA-142 and proceed 3 miles to the next stop sign (dead end). Turn right, cross the bridge and take an immediate left on Glades Road and go 5.3 miles until you see Rock Eagle Road (in Putnam County). Turn right on Rock Eagle Road and go .4 mile and turn left. The gate house will be about .2 mile down the hill.

     

    From Augusta and other areas East

    Take I-20 West toward Atlanta. Take Exit 114 (Madison/Eatonton exit) and turn left (south) onto Highway 441/129. Travel about 12 miles until you see a large, rectangular, stone sign on the right which says, "University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension Service, Rock Eagle 4-H Center." Turn right and drive about 2.5 miles until you see a smaller version of this stone sign. Turn right. Drive down the hill to the guard house (at the stop sign). Follow the white and black signs to your destination.

    From North Carolina and other areas Northeast

    Take I-85 South towards Atlanta. Exit at Commerce, GA (Highway 441). Follow Highway 441 around Athens and continue south. Cross I-20. About 12 miles south you will see a large, rectangular, stone sign on the right which says, "University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension Service, Rock Eagle 4-H Center." Turn right and drive about 2.5 miles until you see a smaller version of this stone sign. Turn right. Drive down the hill to the guard house (at the stop sign). Follow the white and black signs to your destination.

    From Macon and other areas South

    From I-75 take I-16 East. Exit onto Highway 129. Go north towards Gray, GA. Go through Gray and head towards Eatonton. Make a left onto the Eatonton bypass (this is where Highway 129 joins with Highway 441). About nine miles north of Eatonton you will see a large, rectangular, stone sign on the left which says, "University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension Service, Rock Eagle 4-H Center." Turn left and drive about 2.5 miles until you see a smaller version of this stone sign. Turn right. Drive down the hill to the guard house (at the stop sign). Follow the white and black signs to your destination.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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    Thomas Hilderbrand
    Manager Process Engineering
    Thiele Kaolin Co
    Sandersville GA United States
    (478) 552-3951 EXT 1237
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