BluFlo SCADA for Oil and Mining

BluFlo’s handheld SCADA application enables field personnel to monitor and read real-time, previous days and archive history from almost all industrial devices using the popular Modbus protocol.
The BluFlo package has unique features not previously available for mobile users, including user-defined registers, archive definitions, control limits and alarms. Target users for the software include field service personnel, engineers and maintenance technicians. The BluFlo application eliminates the need for modems, radios and laptops while enabling users to monitor and control Modbus-compliant field devices from a Bluetooth enabled handheld…Ultimately, reducing capital costs.
All data is collected by simply driving nearby, or even flying over, the equipment being monitored.  It is then sent securely and automatically from the handheld to BluFlo’s host system, where the data can either be made available through a very powerful and easy to use WEB interface, or it can be sent to a data center for internal use.  This means remote wells can now be monitored without having to drive directly to the wells through roads that may become dangerous, or even closed.
BluFlo is an independent gas and liquid measurement company headquartered in Red Deer, Alberta. We provide measurement and analytical services throughout Canada and the United States and abroad. Our customers include oil and gas producers, gatherers, processors, pipelines, refineries, and petrochemical companies.

BluFlo SCADA Mining

Canadian company Bluflo, a software engineering company has developed a software solution, BluFlo SCADA Mine, which the company believes will revolutionize the mining industry.

BSM enables mining companies to have better control over their supply chain, as well as improved control and management of their process plants. It also ensures that their assets are delivering increased efficiencies, uses and availability.

BluFlo notes that the biggest challenge for mining companies is to meet high demand by increasing ore throughput while maintaining quality and reducing costs, adding that identifying the causes of downtime and measuring it are other important contributions that BSM can make.

Further, BSM supports processes in the production chain. For example, during the ore benefaction phase, BSM can focus on data collection and reporting.

The that data from the local programmable logic controller (PLC) and supervisory control and data acquisition systems is collected and archived. This information is then used to report on production efficiencies, stoppages, yields and quality. This data forms the baseline for continuous improvement efforts.

BluFlo adds that, owing to varying ore quality, other programmes have to pay special attention to the efficiency of the processing plants. For example, there can be a sudden decrease in performance during the grinding process, owing to changes in the ore quality.

BSM not only detects these changes but also tracks and records the activities and processing results, after which it alerts automated systems that a new control strategy should be deployed.

BluFlo points out that blending expensive stockpiles of material into the mix is a far more economical approach to maintaining quality.

BluFlo  further points out that BSM also plays a significant role in managing downtime and root-cause analysis. When connected to a PLC, the system can detect the start and stop times of equipment and register the causes of the problems. This helps operation managers to identify and mitigate problems and, ultimately, to improve throughput.

BluFlo adds that scheduling on a mine is another complex task that can be improved using BSM. BluFlo points out that mine and supply chain schedules need to be synchronized, but that these are typically managed on separate specialized systems – one for mining and the other for logistics.

These operations is very complex, but that this typically provides large returns. BluFlo believes BSM is the key to this cross-system coordination process.

Mines often use trucks to transport ore from the pit to the run-of-mine stockpile, while various on-board systems monitor the fuel consumption, payload and tyre conditions of the trucks.

BSM collects the data from these systems for the maintenance management of fleets and the condition monitoring of heavy plant equipment.

BluFlo points out that this requires effective communication networks, as connections have to work optimally in all weather conditions. BluFlo has communication network in place that with support this.

Another significant advantage of BSM is the ability to interface with the enterprise resource planning systems and exchange the relevant data. BSM will use this data for key performance reporting.

Further, telemetry infrastructure must be able to cope with geographical changes of the mine pit, routes and mobile fleet, he concludes.