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Mine site commissioning with programmable logic controllers

Pattimore, Ben (2015) Mine site commissioning with programmable logic controllers. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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This report outlines the industrial control system project of implementing an Allen-Bradley Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) into an alluvial gold mine site. The report will cover the steps taken for the PLC to be integrated into the site based on both the hardware supplied by the client and the control guidelines specified by the client and system owner.

The steps taken to integrate the PLC into three main sections covering the PLC being bench tested to full installation on site, this structure also follows the timeline of the project, first reporting on work completed at the office then moves into a software/hardware test at the warehouse and finally full installation on site.

Note, this report does not detail the code utilised for the inner workings of the live mine site as it is against company policy and intellectual property laws, however it will go in-depth into the communications between the system owner, control engineer and technicians, the procedure taken to get the PLC up to a standard for site installation where all parties write off on the final product and the steps done to troubleshoot and communicate any problems found in any of the stages throughout this project.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor(s): Cole, Graeme
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