Brock Solutions' Mining Industry Automation Overview
The mining industry has been faced with financial challenges with the increase of costs to inputs (energy, operations in remote environments) while at the same time facing increased market competition on supply of product and pricing. These challenges have seen consolidation of operations and even write-downs to value of mines. To remain competitive mining companies are striving to streamline operations, improve processes, strategically implement technology projects to control costs and enhance profitability, and expand on business intelligence platforms. Mining companies will look to upgrade existing equipment and automation, apply new technology in key processes, link disparate systems to better understand full supply chain and how processes interrelate, and implement systems based on real-time operational data to drive efficiency in operations.
We Understand This
Our customers look to Brock to help them transform their real-time operations to drive production efficiency, improve quality, and implement best-practice standards. Brock is involved up-front to help answer questions around “Do my existing MES and Manufacturing IT Systems provide me with the data and tools required to optimize operations? How do I improve my existing equipment?, and Do I need to upgrade my automation landscape?”.
From this upfront consultant and guidance role Brock moves to defining the functional requirements, design, testing, implementation, and sustainment. Brock delivers solutions in the automation technology space from shop floor to the top floor ERP systems and helps to integrate the large variety of mining systems into a cohesive system against a backdrop of continuous improvement and project management methodology.
Brock has implemented greenfield and retrofit projects in mining that focus on delivering business and operational benefits such as:
- Yield Improvement/Productivity Optimization
- Process Control Improvements
- Product Genealogy/Inventory Control/Material Tracking
- Quality Management/Knowledge Management
- Downtime & Delay Reduction
- Energy Management
- Material Handling Systems (cranes, conveyors)
- Panel fabrication for harsh environments (liquid cooled drive cabinets, complex drive lineups)
For our clients this means that we understand their business, operations, safety requirements, continual drive to reduce costs and manufacturing time while maintaining high quality levels. Our mission is to work with our customers to provide guidance, challenge status-quo assumptions, and ensure that what we deliver is driving real business value.
What Makes Us Different
We are one of the few companies that can claim full integration capabilities in the real-time space. Our 400 engineering professionals deliver panel fabrication, automation, Historians, MES, Manufacturing IT, and project management services as a holistic package. We are not a controls company dabbling in MES, or an MES company dabbling in controls – this is our business and has been for 25+ years. We have the size and scale to implement projects and programs, the flexibility to supplement engineering teams through to turnkey implementation of large fixed-price fixed-scope projects, and the project management methodology and detailed planning to cover multi-party coordination and installation management.