Howden partners with OSIsoft to better the mine environment

Howden Mining Optimisation Software built on PI.

What is Howden's mining optimisation software?

As many mining operations have already seen and benefitted from, Howden has an innovative suite of products engineered to manage and optimize ventilation in underground mines. In many cases, the Howden mining optimisation software has proven to reduce a mine’s ventilation energy costs by over 50%! The system was developed in Canada by Howden Simsmart and has been successfully implemented at various mines globally with sustained results over the past 10+ years. We are now giving professionals around the world the chance to explore what it can do for their mines and reap the benefits it has to offer.

Our true Ventilation on Demand solution incorporates Howden products specific to a mine's requirements providing a truly comprehensive system. Ventilation monitoring stations, asset tracking, variable speed fans, redundant communication systems and more, are all part of the Howden solution to fit any mine's needs, at any level of development ensuring optimal performance of the entire system by using its pre-programmed logic and advanced controls. Our Howden system effortlessly juggles every component throughout the mine, maximising fan efficiency and energy savings…all without the need of automation specialists.

(source: https://www.howden.com/en-gb/about/howden-blogs/smartexec-ventilation-on-demand-launch)

What is the PI SystemTM?

To stay competitive, companies must continually innovate, improve and streamline their operations. But accurately identifying how and where to improve operations can be extraordinarily challenging if the data that holds the answers is scattered among different incompatible systems, formats and processes. Enter the PI System and its ability to collect, analyse, visualise and share large amounts of high-fidelity, time-series data from multiple sources to people and systems across all operations. By accessing key data and insights, the PI System has helped leading companies deliver greater operational improvements and breakthroughs that lead ultimately to comprehensive business transformation.

How do you access and learn from critical data that resides in multiple incompatible systems across the enterprise? It's a complex problem with a surprisingly simple solution - the PI SystemTM. Quick and easy to install, collect data from and build upon, the PI System quickly reveals new ways to streamline processes and drive continuous improvements.

That's the essence - and the power - of PI System operational intelligence.

(source: https://www.osisoft.com)

How do Howden's mining optimisation software and the PI System work together?

At the highest level, Howden management and optimization system interfaces with the PI System, using the real-time data from PI to make decisions. Ultimately, this gives you the ability to use real-time data to improve mine performance and production, while also optimising your ventilation systems and increasing safety within the mining environment.

Through the combination these two highly advanced software systems, we are able to discover entirely new patterns in mine operation, ultimately making mine environments safer and more efficient across the globe. Through data science, prescriptive and predictive analytics, and mixed reality we are at the forefront of digitising mines.

With PI's predictive capability, Future Data (a feature that trends real time values), combined with our modeling and control systems at Howden, we can now allow for real time scenario planning and decision support in ways that have never before been possible.

Looking to the future, we will continue to improve upon the integration of PI with Howden optimisation software, Ventsim software, and future partnerships that will allow us to better serve the mining community.

Curious to know more about our ventilation products? Please visit our Mine Ventilation page.