New plant simulation software from Haver & Boecker

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Mineral processing plant Haver & Boecker's NIAflow software can identify problems before they arise Mineral processing plant

Mining technology specialist Haver & Boecker has developed an advanced plant simulation and optimisation software platform called NIAflow that it says will significantly improve the efficiency and profitability of mineral processors.

NIAflow enables the user to create simulations and plans in every engineering phase, from drafting flow diagrams for product pre-calculation to plant start-up and simulating parameter changes.

The program can help users discover the most efficient configuration for existing equipment, determine the equipment needed to increase production and perform predictive maintenance.

H&B says that, by using NIAflow to simulate the impact of different feed material scenarios on machine capacities, process parameters and product quality measures, issues can be identified before they happen, eliminating future problems.

NIAflow allows users to analyse more than 90 different process equipment pieces, from crushers and vibrating screens to material washers and conveyers.

The system can also monitor the input, output and waste piles of the site as a whole. The program calculates the mass and volumetric flow rates as well as machine-specific operating parameters to prevent plant bottlenecks before equipment is in place.

A Haver & Boecker executive says the company’s years of experience in mineral processing and mining equipment has helped give the NIAflow software an added level of credibility.

"Because we are an equipment developer and manufacturer, not a software company, we have the practical expertise to ensure this technology has the level of functionality and usability that operations require for it to add real value," Haver & Boecker Australia head of mineral processing technology Steffan Silge says.

"An accurate mass balance and product quality prediction is a prerequisite for the success of any mine and the subsequent ore preparation process operation.

"Knowing your costs per tonne of product and identifying ways to reduce this factor is vital," Silge says, adding: "We believe NIAflow will serve as a cornerstone in the development of future process engineering projects."

A free basic demo version of NIAflow is available to download at www.niaflow.com

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