Codelco has incorporated a PI System in every productive process, from the mine to the smelter production area, in order to facilitate better decisions inside its operating units. It’s important to track on-line and understand in detail the monthly cost of consumables.
Management of Codelco Norte’s Extraction and Lixiviation division started a project in January to control their use of consumables.This project uses PI WebParts for management of operations in the same way as their standard PI System, automatically capturing data from different instrumentation and control systems and other sources. The degree of success has been such that they are already planning two similar projects in other divisions, and future plans call for relating production tonnage to cost of consumables.
Leonel Mundaca, born in Calama Chile, 1964, graduated in 1987 as an Electronic Civil Engineer at the age of 23 years at the Tarapaca University, Arica, Chile. Between 1988 and 1990, he performs as an Project Engineer at Mantos Blancos Mining Company. From 1990 to 1994, he performs as Automation Leader at Chuquicamata Codelco. And from 1998 Currently he is managing the platform of operational integration of the Codelco Chile, developing applications in the scope of reduction of costs, operational improvements, post-evaluation of projects and metallurgical balances using RTP´M system Tools.