CDE utilises machine learning and IoT to monitor and automate manual processes in plants

At the core of CDE's Intelligent Plant is the OptiMax technology, developed to give customers greater control of their plant and make decisions in real time

The world's largest wet processing plant for CD waste situated alongside the companys natural sand and aggregates processing plant at Velde Pukk in Stavanger, Norway, utilises CDE Intelligent Plant technology.
The world's largest wet processing plant for CD waste situated alongside the companys natural sand and aggregates processing plant at Velde Pukk in Stavanger, Norway, utilises CDE Intelligent Plant technology.

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Northern Ireland based manufacturer of wet processing equipment CDE has launched an 'Intelligent Plant' which utilises machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor and automate manual processes.

At the centre of CDE's Intelligent Plant is the OptiMax technology, the latest addition to CDE Core, a range of technology solutions developed to give customers greater control of their plant. CDE Core uses automation and sensors to monitor and enhance productivity, minimise downtime, and automate processes.

According to CDE estimates, a 5% increase in production using an OptiMax Intelligent Plant on a 150-tonne-per-hour plant would produce 7.5 extra tonnes every hour. Over the course of one year, this would equate to 2,000 additional hours.

Material overloading can cause considerable disruption to the running of a plant. Overloading can impact plant optimisation resulting in lower yields and the need for greater maintenance. The Intelligent Plant uses a series of belt-weighers to accurately establish the amount of material which enters the plant and determine the ratio between sand, aggregates and silt output.

If the plant runs at below optimal utilisation where weightings and output are unbalanced against set targets or failing to maximise on production capacity, the plant will respond to address the issue itself in real time by, for example, adjusting feed rates.

Tom Houston, director, CustomCare, CDE, said: “The Intelligent Plant has created thinking plants that reduce downtime, maintenance and fixed costs while increasing yield and revenues for plant owners by almost half – and in some cases even more.”

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