Haver & Boecker launched NIAflow plant simulation software to help producers optimize quarry and mine operations.

Plant simulation software to optimize operations

By |  September 8, 2016
NIAflow instantly analyzes existing or proposed processes; records plant statuses; and recognizes potential for plant optimization. Photo courtesy of Haver & Boecker.

NIAflow instantly analyzes existing or proposed processes; records plant statuses; and recognizes potential for plant optimization. Photo courtesy of Haver & Boecker.

Haver & Boecker launched NIAflow plant simulation software to help producers optimize quarry and mine operations by diagramming plant flow, machine placement, product pre-calculations and more.

NIAflow instantly analyzes existing or proposed processes; records plant statuses; and recognizes potential for plant optimization, the company says. The software is available for download on Windows-based systems.

NIAflow supports the users from drafting flow diagrams for product pre-calculation to plant startup and simulating parameter changes, Haver & Boecker adds.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to optimize plant efficiency for our customers, we are constantly developing innovative machines, programs and software to help them be successful,” says Karen Thompson, president of Haver & Boecker Canada. “NIAflow will serve as a cornerstone in the development of process engineering projects.”

According to Haver & Boecker, NIAflow allows users to analyze more than 90 different process equipment pieces, including crushers, vibrating screens, material washers and conveyers. Beyond equipment, the system uses scientific-based methods to monitor an operation’s input, output and waste piles, the company says. The program calculates the mass and volumetric flow rates, as well as content with machine-specific operating parameters to prevent plant bottlenecks before equipment is in place.

“NIAflow will significantly impact the efficiency and profitability of our mineral processing customers,” says Joachim Hoppe, Haver & Boecker Mining general manager. “The thought process behind this software development was to give our partners tools to closely monitor their plant setup as a whole, allowing them to identify problems and plant bottlenecks. NIAflow helps producers discover the most efficient setup for existing equipment, as well as determine equipment needed to enhance productivity and increase production.”

The NIAflow Aggregates version is an extensive, full version of the NIAflow simulation software that allows unlimited machine input, according to Haver & Boecker. NIAflow Mining complements the Aggregates full version but offers additional equipment options, such as classifying and sorting equipment.

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