FLSmidth and GE, one of the leaders in the Industrial Internet, have joined forces to create digital solutions for increasing productivity in the cement and minerals industries. The new solutions developed on GE’s cloud-based Predix platform will leverage FLSmidth’s expertise in cement and minerals processing and GE’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) capabilities to maximize the potential of connected equipment units, helping the cement and mining industry to increase productivity. FLSmidth will build their solutions on top of GE’s Predix platform with applications for managing process flows thereby allowing customers to leverage process data and analytics for monitoring, benchmarking their performance and predicting maintenance of their equipment.
Operating costs account for around 80 % of the total cost of ownership for a cement plant or running a mining operation, and energy is the single largest component. An ongoing monitoring of processes makes it possible to increase productivity significantly. “Cement and mining companies already collect significant volumes of data, but currently, only a fraction of it is used. This will be the first available solution for a full coherent process monitoring to leverage optimization solutions offered by a full service provider like FLSmidth,” explains Head of Global R&D in FLSmidth Jens Almdal.