Process Control in Crushing

Flintoff, Brian C. ; Edwards, Robert P.
Organization: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
Pages: 11
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1992
Crushing plants (multiple stage) are an integral part of most conventional comminution circuits (ball mill, rod mill - ball mill). Although conventional circuitry is now the design exception, there are still many older, and some newer plants that include crushing in the process flowsheet. In most of these installations the operating objective is to maximize throughput at some minimum product size, in an effort to balance the comminution load between crushing and grinding. To achieve this goal, while avoiding production losses due to overloads, generally requires the use of automatic control strategies. This paper reviews the crushing plant control problem and describes several approaches that have been successfully implemented in different plants.
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