MAMMA Consortium

DMT is a leading mining consultancy and engineering group. The services include engineering and testing activities in the sectors of mining and natural resources exploration, coking plant technology, civil, mechanical and plant engineering as well as product and building safety. A further focus is to develop and build measuring systems for operations in a wide range of industries and also the manufacturing of testing products. DMT has three accredited test laboratories and 16 officially recognised specialist offices for safety.

Regarding the proposed MaMMa-project, DMT can provide their profound expertise particularly regarding underground hard coal mines DMT has a profound experience of over 40 years in design, development, constructing, operation and certification of measurement systems, particularly also at maintenance, condition monitoring and operation. A lot of these techniques are also applied at a wide industrial range beside of the mining industry.

Our product will be extended to a complete offer including hardware, software and specific know how. This will provide also a comprehensive status analysis and allow a sustainable increasing of safety and efficiency.

During the project the existing systems should be tailored to the mining vessels to enable a fleet maintenance on condition. The diagnostic tools will be developed to be adapted to the vehicles like low profile LHDs or drill rigs. Also the data communication will be integrated to the machine electronic and fitted to the moving mode of operation.

Our product will be extended to a complete offer including hardware, software and specific know how. This will provide also a comprehensive status analysis and allow a sustainable increasing of safety and efficiency.

For the upscaling phase these activities need to be supplemented by complementary disciplines. The team of partners includes all required areas of expertise to reach the project goal:

The industrial development partner DMT is complemented by the Research institute KGHM Cuprum as well as by the universities Clausthal University of Technology (CUT), Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL) and Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (WUST). The business development is backed by LTU Business AB which is the largest business development company in northern scandinavia. The user side of the partners is represented by Caterpillar, KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. and the NOI iMine.

 

EIT RawMaterials, initiated by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) and funded by the European Commission, is the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is a European Union where raw materials are a major strength. Its mission is to boost competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation and guided entrepreneurship.

EIT RawMaterials unites more than 100 partners – academic and research institutions as well as businesses – from more than 20 EU countries. They collaborate on finding new, innovative solutions to secure the supplies and improve the raw materials sector all along its value chain – from extraction to processing, from recycling to reuse.

There are six regional hubs in Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Poland and Sweden, called Co-location centers that represent different regional ecosystems bridging between business, research and education.

EIT RawMaterials aims to significantly enhance innovation in the raw materials sector by sharing of knowledge, information and expertise: Entrepreneurs, Start-ups and SMEs receive funding and support through our partner network and collaboration activities.

EIT RawMaterials will generate a significant impact on European competitiveness and employment by driving and fostering innovation and empowering students, entrepreneurs and education partners driving toward the circular economy. This will result in the introduction of innovative and sustainable products, processes and services, as well as talented people that will deliver increased economic, environmental and social sustainability to European society.

With currently 30 offices around the world, DMT is a global corporate group of 14 engineering and consulting firms, providing interdisciplinary services in the four markets Mining, Oil & Gas, Civil Engineering & Infrastructure and Plant Engineering.

Earth. Insight. Values. This “trilogy” best sums up the DMT group and its philosophy. Earth represents the responsible manner in which we handle our resources and the continual protection and development of our living space, Insight stands for our way of thinking and doing business and Values for the benefit to our customers and the ethics at the heart of DMT. We pride ourselves not only on bringing together knowledge and principles, but also people and markets – and above all profound services and practical, sustainable and economic solutions.

DMT’s roots extend back as far as 1737, when the first organisation for mining safety was founded in Germany. Nowadays, as a division of TÜV NORD GROUP, our aim is the further development of our long-standing technical and scientific experience and continual quality enhancement.

Our wide-ranging service portfolio covers the fields of Exploration, Engineering, Consulting and Geotechnics, in which we apply professional know-how and innovative strength to create tailor-made solutions for the long-term benefit of our customers. Our product line includes diverse measuring systems as well as specially developed test products for a variety of industries, all developed and built by our in-house experts. To ensure that the standard of our products and services always meets the high expectations of DMT and our customers, we maintain a quality management system in line with the requirements of EN ISO 9001:2008.

iMINE is lead and organized by RISE, which - as EIT RawMaterials core partner – is member of the “User Advisory Board” and the official project partner, representing iMINE, where in particular the following partners are members: Atlas Copco, Boliden, LKAB, KGHM, Sandvik, Mobilaris, Agnico Eagle. Therefore, we expect through iMINE network further contacts to relevant user.

Main objectives of the already existing NoI iMINE are:

• Access for KIC-members to full-scale mines in real operating production environment (mines that can be used for tests as well as demonstrations)

• Access to network of none KAVA and KCA partners that work on mine automation

 

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KGHM Cuprum is one of a daughter company of KGHM Group responsible for research, development and innovation in mining industry, mostly focused on underground copper mines belonging to KGHM. Cuprum has significant experience in conducting high value research and undertaking industrial R&D projects.

KGHM Cuprum has developed many solutions in this field and participated in several EU-founded and other international projects. The contribution of KGHM Cuprum is based on the expertise of KGHM Cuprum's departments participating in the consortium with their knowledge and expertise in the field of underground mining, mechanical systems, diagnostics and signal processing.

 

KGHM Cuprum contributes to the project in:

Cuprum, with collaboration of WUST and KGHM will work on

- Identification of currently used maintenance methods for different class of mining infrastructure

- Selection key components to be included for the project (validation of the ideas formulated in the project)

- definition of detailed procedure that should be developed to improve maintenance strategies used nowadays

- acquiring data from the mine, selection appropriate cases for algorithm testing

- development of set of diagnostic algorithms for given machines (fans, conveyors…)

- supporting implementation of techniques as pilot

- dissemination of project achievement through scientific publications

(industry partner – task partner in the project)


KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. is a mining company whose official establishment took place in 1961. Now it is a leading company in copper mining industry in Poland. KGHM engages in the extracting and processing of valuable natural resources with the largest European deposits of copper ore located in the south-western part of Poland right in the heart of its catchment area. Currently, the company boasts a geographically diversified portfolio of mining projects. KGHM has located its facilities on three continents – Europe, the North and South America.

With its control over 22,7 million tonnes of copper ore resources worldwide KGHM has risen to the well-deserved position of a global mining industry leader. The company’s portfolio also includes new metals like molybdenum, palladium or nickel which help KGHM join the international community of multi-resource companies.

 

KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. contributes to the project in:

KGHM together with KGHM Cuprum and WUST will work on

- Identification of currently used maintenance methods for different class of mining infrastructure

- Selection key components to be included for the project (validation of the ideas formulated in the project)

- definition of detailed procedure that should be developed to improve maintenance strategies used nowadays

- providing data to the project, selection of appropriate cases for algorithm testing

- supporting implementation of techniques as pilot

LTU Business AB is the largest business development company in northern Scandinavia. We specialize in business development, innovation management and professional education. In addition to being the official Technology Transfer Office for the Luleå University of Technology, we serve clients from both private and public sector.

Today we hold a thirty year track record of running industry collaboration efforts and student programs in order to create growth in SME's in northern Sweden, a region where several raw materials related companies are started every year.

Our experience in business development have made us a trusted partner for innovation management on the international arena including numerous European

projects in industry sectors including mining, renewable energy, ICT and more.

MUL (Montanuniversität Leoben) covers research and education throughout the value chain from extraction and processing of raw materials to metallurgy, highperformance materials, process and product engineering, up to environmental technology and recycling. The Chair of Automation is part of the Department Product Engineering and works on the field of automation of production processes.

The focus is on advanced numerical methods for optimisation, processing of sensor signals, time series data mining, and includes the practical implementation on hardware. Research is usually done within educational projects with industrial partners.

MUL (Montanuniversität Leoben) will take part in this project mostly in WP4. The contribution based on MULs experience in condition monitoring of large-scale bulk material handling machinery. This includes sensors and networks in real time systems. The work focus to model the physics of the observed systems. In this project it is planned to integrate this knowledge to the holistic maintenance system.

In MaMMa RISE – as EIT RawMaterial core partner lead and organized iMine.

The RISE institutes Innventia, SP, and Swedish ICT have merged in order to become a stronger research and innovation partner. Through our international collaboration programmes with academia, industry, and the public sector, we ensure the competitiveness of the Swedish business community on an international level and contribute to a sustainable society. Our 2,200 employees support and promote all manner of innovative processes, and our roughly 100 testbeds and demonstration facilities are instrumental in developing the future-proofing of products, technologies, and services. RISE Research Institutes of Sweden is fully owned by the Swedish state.

RWTH Aachen University (RWTH) established in 1870, is divided into 9 faculties. 45,377 students are currently enrolled. At present 547 professors as well as 5,564 academic and 2,786 non-academic colleagues work at RWTH. The university budget amounts to 948m €, of which about 360m € are third-party funds. Moreover, special field research, 36 graduate programs, 16 affiliated institutes with strong industrial alignment, five Fraunhofer institutes and one Leibniz institute illustrate the university’s considerable research potential. RWTH was awarded as one of the top universities within the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments already twice.

The Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT), formerly known as Institute for Mineral Resources Machine Technology (IMR), has mining 4.0 as its overriding work objective and is developing solutions and technologies for today's problems and tomorrow's challenges in mining. Focused on automation, digitization and real-time mining, the AMT Institute is well positioned to work with industry partners nationally and internationally to advance technologies and applications to create the mine of the future.

The AMT employs around 50 people who are all involved in research and development; among them are about 20 PhD students. AMT holds a long tradition in mechanical excavation as well as sensor development and embedded systems for rough environments for about 15 years. This combination has already been proven successful in several national and EU funded projects. The AMT was and is partner in several EU funded FP7, H2020, RFCS projects, like SIMS, Real-Time-Mining or FeatureFace as well as in upscaling and education projects funded by EIT Raw Materials (AutoBoltReload, Undromeda, MaMMa, CDIO)

Today’s Clausthal University of Technology was founded in 1775 as a Mining Academy. During its history, the Royal School of Mines (1864) broadened its focus and covers today in research and study programs the whole range from natural sciences and raw materials to material sciences, over mechanical and Process Engineering to Economics, Computer science and advanced Electronic Waste Recycling.

 

CUT main research areas are Sustainable Energy Systems, Raw Material Supply and Efficiency, Materials Science and Processes, Cyber-Physical Systems and Simulation - more than 50% of the professorate are acting in Raw Materials related research areas, coordinated in Clusters for fostering interdisciplinary research.

Clausthal University of Technology will be a partner in this project with the Institute of Mining, Department for Underground Mining Methods and Machinery, the mathematical Working Group “Stochastic Models in Engineering Sciences (SMES@TUC)” as well as the Institute of Information Technology, Department for Software Systems Engineering.

The Institute of Mining will contribute to the overall objectives of the project with its long-term experience in the field of Underground Mining Methods and Machinery, Underground Mine Planning as well as in the field of occupational safety and health (OSH), namely risk assessment, dust control and ventilation as well as emergency prevention and control.

The focus of the research group SMES@TUC lies in the field of applied stochastics with regard to processes or systems which are in aviation, automotive, cyberphysical systems, internet-of-things, as well as transportation and logistics. The working group has strong international research connections with universities and industry and offers a wide range of lectures in different fields. The research Group introduce the methodological background for smart technologies like cyber-physical systems and their application in Digital Manufacturing/Industry 4.0, Smart Infrastructure, Ubiquitous Computing, and Internet of Things (see:

D.P.F.Möller: Guide to Computing Fundamentals in Cyber-Physical Systems – Concepts, Design Methods, and Applications. Springer Publ., 2016. ISBN: 978-3-319-25176-9) Regarding the proposed MaMMa-project, SMES @ TUC will provide their profound expertise in cyber-physical systems and Industry 4.0 with regard to an effective mining machine life cycle management. This requires integrating the respective system elements such as sensor nodes, wireless communication access points, mining machine dashboard to organize and present information in a way easy to read, into the mining machine for automatically machine data collection and processing to keep the mining machines longer cost-effective in service and adapt its functionality with regard to actual demands.

WUST is a key partner with strong experience with maintenance of mining machines. Diagnostic and Vibroacoustic Science Laboratory at Machinery Systems Division ( Faculty of GeoEngineering Mining and Geology, Wroclaw University of Technology) has more than 30 years of history focused on conveyors problem (design, operation, maintenance) and nearly 20y of experience with mining machines maintenance. Leading person is prof Radoslaw Zimroz, currently Deputy Dean of the Faculty, with responsibility related to research activities. He is author of more than 280 papers with h-index=20 and several industrial project with practical implementation. 

WUST contributes to the project in:

WUST, together with KGHM Cuprum and KGHM will work on

- Identification of currently used maintenance methods for different class of mining infrastructure

- Selection key components to be included for the project (validation of the ideas formulated in the project)

- definition of detailed procedure that should be developed to improve maintenance strategies used nowadays

- acquiring data from the mine, selection appropriate cases for algorithm testing

- development of set of diagnostic algorithms for given machines (fans, conveyors…)

- supporting implementation of techniques as pilot

- dissemination of project achievement through scientific publications

 

Understanding machinery.