iStockpile4D™ radar machine vision system provides a Stockpile-as-a-Servicesolution for ore, salt or coal stockpile management from ROM to product pile. The digital-reality is based on actual3D radar scanning plus a next generation neutron generationelemental analyser exceeding mathematical modelling. Itreduces product and process variation and is unearthingsignificant multi-million dollar values in productivity andprofitability.

Reducing process variation

indurad’s iStockpile4D™ is a radar machine vision ‘Stockpile-as-a-Service’ solution for ore, salt or coal stockpile management from ROM to product pile. The digital-reality is based on actual 3D radar scanning plus a next generation neutron generation elemental analyser exceeding mathematical modelling. It reduces product and process variation and the company says is unearthing significant multi-million dollar values in productivity and profitability.indurad was already a pioneer being part of RioTinto’s Mine of the Future program some 10 years ago with smart instrumentation and machine vision in mine outload optimisation.

Today all 14 Rio Tinto Iron Ore (RTIO) mine sites in the Pilbara have been fitted with indurad technology, including an iStockpile4D and iLoadoutG5 solution at the flagship Gudai-Darri highly automated mine. Reik Winkel, indurad Executive Officer told IM: “indurad solutions are geometric measurement solutions feeding easy to digest data to the process control system and SCADA, where we assist with a global network of system integrators using Rockwell, Siemens and Schneider PLC, MES and SCADA systems beyond advanced views via Qt-based graphical engines with 4K HDMI output for remote operation centres or HTML5 web output on premise within the IT or OT network.” Mining is full of uncertainties and variance. indurad argues that while these cannot be eliminated – they can be significantly managed and mitigated. The indurad technology is focusing on this stack. “Our iCrusher allows the identification of oversize, our iStockpile5D allows monitoring and homogenisation of product quality and reduction of segregation. The maritime industry has been pioneering in the use of radar for adverse environmental conditions – indurad brought this success to mining allowing machine vision under dust, water suppression, fog and snow. iApron and iBelt allow reduction of spillage and avoidance of blocked chutes as well as lifetime extension of feeders. Finally,teleremote operation and full automation with iStacker and iReclaimer allow management of the human factor.”

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indurad develops and manufactures unique 2D and 3D radar sensors in Germany and is a market leader in industrial imaging radar solutions. Since its foundation in 2009, the company’s radar sensors have mostly been used to improve mining and bulk material handling.

During Covid-19, indurad has benefited from its global presence and by having its manufacturing facilities near its primary Germany-based supply chain. Through an extensive partner network close to customers and its own sales and service centres — in Chile, Brazil, Canada, US, South Africa and Australia — indurad was able to provide solutions to customers and service them almost without interruption.

Furthermore, during this time, the company invested in focused development to mature its product portfolio. New radar sensors were developed, adding significant value by enabling user configuration and 3D views of material in the user interface which runs on a web browser via an HTML5 page hosted locally on indurad’s processing unit. Two examples of this are the belt volume scanner (iBelt) and the silo material scanner (iSilo3D) which can now be commissioned by integrators or even customers. This significantly reduces the cost to customers as installation, travelling and commissioning times are reduced…

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A stockpile model from iStockpile 4D showing colours for different material grades stored in the stockpile.

iSilo3D in use at a 85,000t alumina powder silo showing full topology caused by the various feed points.

indurad at bauma, München, 24. – 30. Oct. 2022

Learn how indurad ’s Radar sensors build a “smart home” for mining and bulk material handling, by optimizing process steps from crusher to ship loader and by connecting the machines with each other.

Meet indurad team: Sonja Schadeck, Johannes Hornung, Julien Pierre, Roman Ostroumov, Dr. Christian Augustin

at the joint stand of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia: Hall C2, Stand 225/12