January 22, 2020

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How Komatsu is improving mining efficiencies using the IoT and machine learning

How Komatsu is improving mining efficiencies using the IoT and machine learning

Global heavy equipment manufacturer Komatsu is using IoT data to continuously monitor some of the largest mining equipment to ultimately improve mine performance and efficiencies. Shawn Terry details the company's data journey and explains how it is using advanced analytics and predictive modeling to drive insights on terabytes of IoT data from connected mining equipment.

Talk Title How Komatsu is improving mining efficiencies using the IoT and machine learning
Speakers Shawn Terry (Komatsu Mining Corp)
Conference Strata Data Conference
Conf Tag Make Data Work
Location New York, New York
Date September 11-13, 2018
URL Talk Page
Slides Talk Slides

Komatsu Mining Corp (formerly Joy Global) is one of the leading global mining equipment and services providers specializing in solutions for the excavation of energy, industrial, and hard rock minerals. Komatsu Mining is committed to helping its customers improve the safety, productivity and cost of their mining operations. The company offers an industrial internet of things (IIoT)-based service, JoySmart Solutions, which helps customers optimize machine performance using real-time data and analytics obtained from its smart, connected devices and assets. Devices and assets in this application include some of the largest mobile mining equipment used in surface and underground mining, including longwall mining systems, electric mining shovels, continuous miners, and wheel loaders, among others. Originally, the company’s legacy data warehouse supported this IIoT service. However, as customer demand grew and more machines were connected, staff found they needed a new approach. Data growth is anticipated to reach 30 TB per month, and the old environment was limited in its ability to scale and grow. Shawn Terry walks you through Komatsu’s data and analytics journey to build a next-generation data platform for the industrial IoT. He also delves into how Komatsu is using advanced analytics and predictive modeling capabilities to drive insights on terabytes of data from connected mining equipment in order to improve utilization and drive efficiencies. JoySmart teams partnered with Cloudera and Microsoft to create a cloud-based IIoT analytics platform that provides scalability, performance, and flexibility to support global service teams. The platform ingests, stores, and processes a wide variety of data collected from mining equipment operating around the globe, often at very remote locations in harsh conditions. This data includes time series data—machine pressures, temperatures, currents, voltages and other sensor data—alarm and event data, and other data from third-party systems. A single machine can have thousands of data metrics and can generate 30,000 to 50,000 unique time-stamped records in one minute. The team plans to integrate more closely with customers’ onsite systems and other data sources to better contextualize machine operations. With a unified data management platform, JoySmart teams can now more easily analyze data from the company’s P&H and Joy-branded mining machines, as well as from third-party programmable logic controller (PLC)-based equipment, to get a systems view of mining operations. The company’s data scientists can also produce machine learning models and better results faster than was previously possible. A more complete picture of machine health and operations in each mine enables Komatsu teams to partner with their customers to identify ways to improve equipment safety, productivity, and operating costs. In one instance, they were able to make recommendations with a large coal mining company that enabled them to double the daily utilization of their longwall mining system. And because Komatsu Mining engineering staff can easily access and analyze the data, they are able to gain valuable insights to help them improve their current products and design the next generation of mining equipment.

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