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Data integrity in mining operations

Digital technologies help miners identify poor-quality data and instrument failures.


Digital technology is disrupting the mining industry and bringing new opportunities to reduce costs and improve production and safety. Ensuring data integrity is an important element in taking advantage of this revolution.

Today, automation systems are collecting rapidly growing volumes of data. Creating a single version of the truth to achieve efficient operations requires an effective condition-based monitoring system—making data integrity a critical capability for miners.



Digital smart instruments provide the process value, complementary digital information and diagnostic information—and they have the potential to bring significant improvements to mining operations. Learn more about how digital instruments are different from a traditional analog approach.

Smart instruments:

  • are not limited to measuring and transmitting value of only one process variable

  • communicate bi-directionally, sending and receiving data

  • store valuable data such as equipment type, supplier and model; engineering characteristics; date of calibration

By 2020, 40 percent of all data will come from sensors.

See additional examples of the types of information that smart instruments—based on digital instrumentation standards—can provide.

Digital Controller
Environment Diagnostics
  • Supply Pressure Alerts

  • Temperature Limit Alerts

Electronics Diagnostics
  • Drive Current Alerts

  • Drive Signal

  • Processor Impaired

Sensor & Valve Diagnostics
  • Travel Sensor Alerts

  • Pressure Sensor Alerts

  • Pressure Fallback

  • Temperatures Sensor Alerts

  • Travel Deviation Alerts

  • Travel Hi/Lo Alerts

  • Proximity Limits Alerts

  • Cycle Counter Alerts

  • Travel Accumulator

  • Performance Alerts