SAP and VIST Group will optimize the work of enterprises in the mining and metallurgical industries

SAP and VIST Group will engage in joint research on the effectiveness of digitalization and adaptation of existing solutions for the mining and metallurgical industries. Common understanding of machine learning technologies and the Internet of things, as well as a base of common customers, contribute to mutual promotion of software and technology solutions of both companies. The corresponding memorandum was signed at the international industrial fair trade INNOPROM-2018 by the SAP CIS General Director Natalia Parmenova and the General Director of VIST Group Dmitry Vladimirov.

The companies plan to develop the following scenarios for the mining industry: reduce fuel consumption through predictive analytics and optimize operating modes of equipment; increase tires availability through predictive analytics, analysis of the efficiency of drilling and blasting operations; forecasting the risk of accidents and operators’ fatigue.
In processing production it is planned to develop the following scenarios: optimization of ore enrichment processes based on predictive analytics; forecasting of quality parameters of products, optimization of production modes of the plant.

The possible platform for the companies’ collaboration is the Center for professional development "Intelligent Mining Enterprise" which was launched by the National Research Technological University MISiS with the support of VIST Group and SAP CIS. The main goal of the Center is to train engineering and management personnel to ensure the gradual digital transformation of Russian mining and metallurgical enterprises.

"There are a lot of companies now which integrate mutual efforts in the field of development of technological solutions in order to increase the efficiency of their businesses and keep the leading positions in the market. Meanwhile, such concepts as efficiency in operational processes and management are very important primarily for industrial companies in terms of improving profitability. We are confident that our partnership with VIST Group, with its solutions widely used in the industry, combined with the high-tech solutions of SAP, will help to create new opportunities for growth in the mining and metallurgical enterprises”,  noted Natalia Parmenova, SAP CIS Director General.

"Together with SAP CIS, we have already implemented the first initiative that facilitates the digitalization of Russian mining and metallurgical enterprises, and launched the Center for professional development "Intelligent Mining Enterprise" on the basis of MISiS university. The main goal of the Center is the training and retraining of engineering and management personnel to enhance competences in the field of digital technologies for the mining industry. The list of the initiatives that are planned to be developed jointly with SAP is approved by industry experts and the priority tasks have been selected", said VIST Group CEO Dmitry Vladimirov.
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19 July 2018
Case study of the successful large-scale Orlaco cameras and monitors deployment by VIST Group

It is the heart of winter in the middle of nowhere, 310 miles (500 kilometers) north of the city of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. It is 49 degrees Fahrenheit below zero (-45°C) and snow is falling, but this won't hold back the hundreds of employees of Russia's largest gold mine. Giant mining vehicles constantly wind their way up the miles of road around the edge of the Olimpiada.

Challenges in One of the World's Largest Gold Mines
Visibility is minimal, and is only getting worse due to the diesel fumes that fill the air. However, from the cab of his dump truck, Aleksandr can see exactly where he is driving — all thanks to Orlaco
RadarEye. RadarEye combines camera vision with radar detection of stationary and moving objects to a distance of over 65 feet (20 meters).

Acoustic Warning Signals and Blind Spot Vision
If Aleksandr gets too close to the verge and the steep edge of the mine road, the system gives out an acoustic warning signal. If he is reversing and someone gets in the path of his dump truck, he will see that on his monitor. It shows a transparent detection zone with overlays of blind spots around the vehicle.

PJSC Polyus: Leading Player in the Global Gold Market
Olimpiada is the largest and most important mine operated by PJSC Polyus. Over 3100 people work at the mine, where a total of 1,173,000 ounces of gold were extracted last year. A total of 28 million ounces of gold are still confirmed to remain under the ground. PJSC Polyus also has huge reserves in other mines, making the company one of the largest gold producers in the world.

Optimum Vision from the Excavator When Loading the Dump Trucks
With such an impressive fleet of vehicles, not only dump truck drivers benefit from RadarEye. The excavators that load the trucks are also equipped with the system, provided by Orlaco's Russian partner, VIST Group. The operators can now view the engine, cables, dipper and counterweight, all on their monitors. This gives them the control they need to remain flexible in all conditions and keep the constant flow of dump trucks driving up and down the mine filled up.

Drivers Insisted on Installing Cameras and Radars after Pilot
"The worst time of the year is around February and March. There's so much snow and wind that you can barely see anything in the mine. We tried just about everything to resolve the vision problems, but nothing worked — until we tried a pilot with RadarEye. The drivers insisted on having all their vehicles equipped with cameras and radars," a mine spokesperson explains.

Made to Perform in All Conditions
RadarEye is made for unrelenting conditions such as these. Whether it is icy cold, with snowstorms buffeting Olimpiada, or huge dust clouds and extreme heat are pushing operators to their limit, RadarEye never misses a thing. The system is waterproof (IP69), vibration and shock resistant (15 G + 26 G), and, thanks to infrared technology, the camera also provides optimum night vision.

Successful Large-Scale Deployment with Orlaco Partner VIST Group
Following the successful pilot in 2016, all excavators, loaders, dump trucks, bulldozers, pipe layers, motor graders and other mining vehicles have been equipped with the Orlaco system, totaling 1500 cameras and 320 monitors. This was done by VIST Group, Orlaco's Preferred Partner in Russia. Orlaco works worldwide with partners like this, ensuring regional exclusivity to help them strengthen their market position and increase their returns. Orlaco supports its partners by providing product information, marketing materials, demo equipment, and technical and commercial support.

Reduction in Incidents, More Working Comfort for Drivers
Two years later, they are singing the praises of RadarEye in Russia. Since installing the systems, safety in the mine has increased. There have been fewer impacts, collisions and cases of damage, and loaders have not been involved in any incidents at all. This has helped reduce downtime for vehicles and therefore increase efficiency. Drivers say that they no longer have to twist to look behind them while reversing, resulting in fewer physical complaints. There has also been a drop in stress at work thanks to improved vision.

RadarEye Is Coming to More Russian Gold Mines
This is part of the reason why PJSC Polyus is going to equip its vehicles in a second Siberian mine with Orlaco's vision solutions for heavy duty vehicles. Loaders may also receive an additional camera to gain a view of the area beneath the bucket toward the front of the machine. With this, the Russian gold producer is once again demonstrating that it takes mine safety and the working comfort of its employees very seriously.