Latest CDE plant utilizes AI to make smart decisions

By |  April 12, 2019
Intelligent Plant incorporates OptiMax technology, a recent addition to CDE Core. Photo courtesy of CDE

The plant incorporates OptiMax technology, a recent addition to CDE Core. Photo courtesy of CDE

CDE, a manufacturer of wet processing equipment, launched a plant utilizing next-generation technology at Bauma 2019.

According to CDE, its intelligent plant puts to use advancements in machine learning and the Internet of Things to monitor and automate processes that were previously manual in orientation. The plant can boost productivity by up to 40 percent, CDE says, enabling the plant to make smart decisions in real time.

“We are constantly striving for innovations to help customers maximize output with minimum effort,” says Tom Houston, director of CustomCare at CDE. “Our new intelligent plant technology 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.”

The plant uses a series of belt weighers to accurately establish the amount of material entering the plant and determine the ratio between sand, aggregate and silt output. If the plant is running below the optimal utilization where weight and output are unbalanced against set targets – or failing to maximize production capacity – the plant will respond to address the issue in real time by, for example, adjusting feed rates.

The plant also incorporates OptiMax technology, the latest addition to CDE Core. CDE Core is a range of tech solutions developed to give customers greater control of their plant.

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