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Software package Midas 2.0 from Siemens optimizes performance of mining machinery

20.09.2010
The new Midas 2.0 version from Siemens Industry Inc. provides mine operators with a further improved database driven software solution to boost the efficiency of mining machines that feature Siemens electrical drives. The software includes a data logger, a visualization tool and a report generator.
Compared with the previous version, the database connection has been updated in particular and the user interface given a simpler and more flexible design.

User interface of Midas 2.0. The software package from Siemens optimizes the performance of mining machinery

Built on the solid foundation of the .NET platform, the Midas 2.0 solution uses an active SQL Server database to deliver substantial performance increases over the previous release.

SQL Server Reporting Services generates predefined reports, as well as custom reports spanning any time period and covering any number of machines. This important new feature significantly increases worker productivity by eliminating the need to retrieve data logs from each truck and each shift then enter the data into the database.

Real-time monitoring, or historical review, is now much easier with the new desktop GUI, featuring enhanced animations and user-friendly controls. Midas 2.0 is also very flexible for international operations. The intuitive user screens are based on industry-standard icons, instead on written English terms, to significantly reduce training for non-English speakers. Midas 2.0 also supports multiple written languages to optimize its use throughout the world.

The Midas solution is fully integrated with the development of the Siemens AC drive system itself to offer unparalleled insight into the machine’s operations. This enables the addition of new functionalities with only a limited amount of modification. It offers read/write options whereas other packages have read-only functionality that precludes the addition of new reporting parameters. For example, a user recently requested to include the operators’ identification numbers in reports. This was easily achieved with only minor modifications to the system.

While fully functional as a standalone solution, Midas also interfaces with the industry’s leading dispatch and mine planning systems to seamlessly incorporate shovel data into an overall mine monitoring system. The shovel solution has been in use since March 2010, and the dragline solution is scheduled for June 2011.

Siemens Industry, Inc. (SII) is the U.S. affiliate of Siemens’ global Industry Sector business—the world’s leading supplier of production, transportation and building technology solutions. The company’s integrated hardware and software technologies enable comprehensive industry-specific solutions for industrial and infrastructure providers to increase their productivity, sustainability and profitability. The Industry Sector includes six divisions: Building Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility, Drive Technologies and OSRAM SYLVANIA. With nearly 222,000 Siemens Industry Sector employees worldwide, the Industry Sector posted a worldwide profit of $2.7 billion on revenues of $47.7 billion in fiscal 2009.

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies as well as comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six Divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 207,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry posted sales of about EUR35 billion in fiscal year 2009. http://www.siemens.com/industry

The Siemens Industry Solutions Division (Erlangen, Germany) is one of the world's leading solution and service providers for industrial and infrastructure facilities comprising the business activities of Siemens VAI Metals Technologies, Water Technologies and Industrial Technologies. Activities include engineering and installation, operation and service for the entire life cycle. A wide-ranging portfolio of environmental solutions helps industrial companies to use energy, water and equipment efficiently, reduce emissions and comply with environmental guidelines. With around 31,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Solutions posted sales of €6.8 billion in fiscal year 2009

Further information and download at: http://www.siemens.com/industry-solutions

Dr. Rainer Schulze | Siemens Industry
Further information:
http://www.siemens.com/mining
http://www.usa.siemens.com/Industry

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