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MIPAC displays a performance advantage

13-Jul-2015 | MIPAC has developed MIPAC Process Advantage™ (MPA) in response to requests from operations staff, reliability engineers and site management to simplify the evaluation and reporting of operational data.

MIPAC engineers "heat things up" at Kansanshi

13-Jul-2015 | MIPAC’s engineers continue to support and optimise First Quantum Kansanshi copper smelter after successful ‘heat up’ in the first quarter of 2015.

MIPAC’s strong engineering team assisted the successful delivery of the 1.2Mtpa ISASMELT™ copper smelter project at the Zambian Kansanshi Mine site in record time.

Power Station performance monitoring as easy as PI

12-Jul-2015 | Working on site at the Australian Power Station, NSW — a natural gas-fuelled 162 MW cogeneration plant, MIPAC PI expert John Messinger was tasked with integrating the Metso data into PI, generating performance screens, automating plant reports and training staff in the PI System.

MIPAC’s ShortMeter™, is helping tankhouses around world

12-Jul-2015 | MIPAC’s short-circuit and dead plate detection monitor, ShortMeter™, is used by several electrowinning and refining operations around the globe since 2009.
The device has recently received a functionality upgrade, making it a dual range sensing, and thus eliminating the need for two separate models to suit tankhouses based on their respective electric currents.

MIPAC is a sponsor at MetPlant 2015

11-Jul-2015 | MIPAC is sponsoring a technical session and will be demonstrating the MIPAC Process Advantage software at AusIMM MetPlant 2015 in Perth 7-8th September 2015.

MIPAC puts major mine site’s radio systems on the right wavelength

11-Jul-2015 | A global miner keen to standardise radio systems at a significant mine site has tuned into MIPAC’s radio communication services.

Steady demand for asset optimisation services

17-Dec-2014 | Lower commodity prices have led many miners and engineering firms to tighten their belts in 2014 but it is not all doom and gloom, writes MIPAC managing director Eddie De Rivera.

MIPAC helps global miner sustain licence to operate

17-Dec-2014 | A global miner has engaged MIPAC to prepare the design concept for its environmental monitoring and information recording system. By monitoring the water supply, air quality, dust and noise levels, the miner will minimise its operation’s impact on the local environment, meet government reporting requirements and maintain its licence to operate.

A year of significant engineering projects for MIPAC

16-Dec-2014 | MIPAC is contributing to the success of major engineering projects at a wide range of locations around the world. Click through to review MIPAC’s successes in 2014.

MIPAC tankhouse products targeted at world copper capital

16-Dec-2014 | MIPAC has direct access to the copper mining capital of the world, Chile, through its agent NyM which actively promotes MIPAC’s tankhouse products, including CellView® and Copper Monitor, to the Chilean market.

Automining 2014: Fixing the basics to drive productivity improvements

15-Dec-2014 | MIPAC’s business development manager Darren Hill’s presentation about fixing process control basics to drive productivity improvements at Automining 2014 in Santiago, Chile led to much discussion about how to prioritise plant enhancements.

MIPAC engineers longer life for Ernest Henry Mine

17-Sep-2014 | Glencore’s Ernest Henry Mining recently commenced operations from its new kilometre-deep underground hoisting shaft, a project in which MIPAC played an integral part, working on underground mine infrastructure, dewatering, and crushing, handling and conveying works.

MIPAC illustrates the power of the PI System at OSIsoft regional seminar

17-Sep-2014 | MIPAC, an OSIsoft Partner, recently delivered a presentation at the OSIsoft PI System Roadshow 2014 in Brisbane about how PI System-generated data can be best-used to determine process improvements.

Download AusIMM Mill Ops paper about prioritising process control

17-Sep-2014 | 2014 MillOps conference paper now available for download.

The role of instrumentation in acquiring and using plant data

16-Sep-2014 | Quality instrumentation and design is essential to generating and properly analysing data from processing plants, writes MIPAC instrumentation expert Jason Broadhurst.

Former MIPAC MD and chairman Bob Yench retires

16-Sep-2014 | After more than 50 years in process control engineering, former MIPAC managing director and chairman Bob Yench has retired. Bob helped found MIPAC in 1997 and was the company’s first managing director and, later, chairman. In recent times he has worked as a business development consultant.

MIPAC goes for gold at AusIMM Mount Isa ball

13-Sep-2014 | MIPAC was again a gold sponsor of the annual AusIMM ball in Mount Isa. The event, hosted by AusIMM’s North West Queensland branch, was held at the Mount Isa Civic Centre on Saturday, 13 September, and MIPAC management went incognito as part of the masquerade theme.

GeoProMining Gold launches Albion Process™ Plant

18-Jun-2014 | Ground-breaking technology in the form of XT's Albion Process™ has been launched at GeoProMining Gold LLC’s Albion Process™ Plant in Ararat, Armenia.

MIPAC’s electrical design team conducts load flow and fault level analysis at Mount Isa Mines

11-Jun-2014 | MIPAC is conducting a load flow and fault level analysis prior to the proposed installation of new air compressors at Mount Isa Mines’s copper concentrator.

MIPAC’s safety experts address arc flash risk caused by ageing equipment

11-Jun-2014 | MIPAC engineering manager Jon Burton explains how MIPAC electrical engineers help clients with ageing plants minimise exposure to arc flash hazards.

Process control improvements should be based on analytical evidence

11-Jun-2014 | MIPAC will present a paper about how to prioritise process control improvements at the 12th AusIMM Mill Operators’ Conference 2014 to be held in September in Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

CellView® installed at Vale’s nickel plant in Canada

11-Jun-2014 | MIPAC has installed its wireless state-of-the-art continuous cell voltage monitoring system, CellView®, at Vale’s Newfoundland and Labrador’s Long Harbour nickel plant in Canada.

MIPAC conducts cell voltage monitoring pilot in Chile

11-Jun-2014 | MIPAC is supplying and commissioning a wireless 32-cell CellView® voltage monitoring pilot system for an electro-winning tankhouse in Chile.

MIPAC commissioning the McArthur River Mining Phase 3 development project

11-Jun-2014 | MIPAC isworking with EPCM Milestone Projects to build a Yokogawa DCS interface as part of the $360 million expansion of the Glencore-owned McArthur River Mine (MRM) in the Northern Territory.

Alarm management and rationalisation are key ways to optimise plants

26-Mar-2014 | Processing plant managers are increasingly approaching MIPAC for help in dealing with floods of control system alarms. Operators are being overwhelmed and are unable to prioritise critical events to address and this can affect plant productivity as well as safety.

MIPAC’s innovative network upgrade means zero downtime for Newcrest’s Telfer gold mine

26-Mar-2014 | Newcrest has engaged MIPAC to perform a technically challenging upgrade of the distributed control network at the Telfer gold mine in Western Australia.

MIPAC to undertake significant upgrade of plant-wide distributed control system at Nickel West smelter

26-Mar-2014 | MIPAC has been selected to upgrade the Yokogawa CS3000 system at the Nickel West smelter in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. The project will see obsolete MicroXL units replaced and existing CS3000 systems upgraded to Centum VP. Any identified safety instrumented functions (SIFs) will also be removed from existing software code and implemented in a safety instrumented system (SIS).

Mopani Copper Mines orders CellView®, MIPAC’s wireless cell voltage monitoring system

26-Mar-2014 | MIPAC’s wireless cell voltage monitoring system, CellView®, is to be installed as part of a significant tankhouse upgrade project at Mopani Copper Mines in Zambia.

MIPAC implements ISACONTROL™ at Mount Milligan IsaMills™

10-Dec-2013 | MIPAC recently commissioned two ISACONTROL™ systems at Thompson Creek Metals Company’s Mount Milligan copper / gold mine in Canada.

MIPAC's in-house electrical design capacity leads to seamless plant solutions

10-Dec-2013 | MIPAC's in-house electrical design team works together with process control engineers to develop solutions that save clients time and money.

MIPAC engineers crusher control for major project in the Pilbara

10-Dec-2013 | Tenova TAKRAF has appointed MIPAC to design and configure the electrical, instrumentation and control for three semi-mobile crushers at a major project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

MIPAC helps clients prosper despite economic downturn

10-Dec-2013 | MIPAC managing director Eddie De Rivera reviews the process control engineering firm’s achievements in 2013.

MIPAC to implement operational analytics at Ernest Henry

10-Dec-2013 | MIPAC is introducing the RtDuet production and downtime reporting system at Glencore’s Ernest Henry Mining (EHM) operation. The software is being implemented at the copper and gold mine’s crushing station and concentrator, with the system in place by year-end 2013.

MIPAC Process Optimisation brings benefits to Morobe Mining’s Hidden Valley mine

10-Sep-2013 | MIPAC is applying MIPAC Process Optimisation (MPO) to the Hidden Valley gold mine in Papua New Guinea. The operation is owned by Newcrest (50 per cent) and Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (50 per cent) and is referred to as the Morobe Mining Joint Venture (MMJV).

MIPAC now an official OSIsoft partner

10-Sep-2013 | MIPAC was recently appointed as an OSIsoft partner. OSIsoft partners must have expert industry experience and product knowledge and be able to obtain the maximum value of OSIsoft’s PI System for their clients.

MIPAC implements process control improvements at major oil and gas plant

10-Sep-2013 | MIPAC’s certification with online contractor management database ISNetworld has led to it becoming an authorised service provider for a major oil and gas plant in Brisbane. MIPAC is currently working at the site’s vapour recovery unit, grease plant and base oil operation, and is involved in an LPG remediation project.

MIPAC developing Yokogawa DCS interface for McArthur River Mine Phase 3

10-Sep-2013 | EPCM Milestone Projects has appointed MIPAC to develop a Yokogawa DCS interface for the $360 million expansion of the Glencore-owned McArthur River zinc mine, located about 1000 kilometres south-east of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory.

MIPAC’s independence benefits clients through tailored control solutions

10-Sep-2013 | Being vendor agnostic is one of MIPAC’s unique selling points. The company's independence means all possible control systems are considered with the best-possible one being recommended.

MIPAC’s instrumentation and procurement services attracting more clients during tough times

10-Sep-2013 | Many clients are facing challenging global economic conditions and are having difficulties finding staff with on-site experience. The solution? Using MIPAC’s design, selection and procurement services.

MIPAC uses AVEVA Instrumentation™ to deliver projects faster at lower cost

10-Sep-2013 | As part of MIPAC’s commitment to quality and ISO 9001:2000 certification, it has invested in AVEVA Instrumentation™ technology which is delivering immediate benefits to clients. The instrumentation design database tool is being successfully implemented on a number of MIPAC projects, including the GPM Gold Project Albion Process™ plant in Armenia.

MIPAC sponsors AUSIMM and Engineers Australia Ball in Mount Isa

24-Jun-2013 |

MIPAC Process Automation Canada to deliver IsaControl for Eleonore IsaMill™

24-Jun-2013 | MIPAC’s Canadian office has won an order to deliver an IsaControl package – tailored instrumentation and control services – for the Goldcorp-owned Eleonore IsaMill™ in James Bay, Quebec, Canada.

MIPAC’s Tim Hausler to address MetPlant 2013 about making the most of working abroad

24-Jun-2013 | MIPAC senior systems engineer Tim Hausler will give a paper at MetPlant 2013 about achieving success in large-scale, remote area metallurgical plant projects.

MIPAC Process Optimisation improving Newcrest’s Lihir operation in PNG

24-Jun-2013 | MIPAC is contributing to the success of Newcrest’s Lihir operation in Papua New Guinea by applying MIPAC Process Optimisation (MPO) which uses expert process control knowledge and appropriate automation techniques to stabilise and optimise industrial processes.

MIPAC assists with upgrade to Glencore Xstrata Zinc filter system at Mount Isa

24-Jun-2013 | MIPAC is assisting with the commissioning of Glencore Xstrata Zinc’s plant upgrade in Mount Isa.

MIPAC works with Invensys to develop Ecosystem

24-Jun-2013 | MIPAC and Invensys Australia are working together to create an Invensys Ecosystem which will deliver major project integration and support.

MIPAC integral to Kansanshi expansion

24-Jun-2013 | MIPAC is helping to develop a 1.2 Mtpa copper smelter at the Kansanshi mine site in Zambia, delivering the I and C design for an ISASMELT™ primary copper smelter and associated waste heat boiler, as well as the full plant-wide distributed control system to span the entire greenfield plant.

MIPAC’s students and graduates contribute to industry success

24-Jun-2013 | MIPAC has a history of attracting the highest-calibre engineering students and graduates and its current pool is no exception.

MIPAC’s RtDuet study leads to long-term, efficient down time reporting

12-Mar-2013 | MIPAC has successfully trialled a cost-effective production down time monitoring system which uses existing OSIsoft PI System data to give valuable insights into plant availability and asset utilisation.

MIPAC’s ISNetworld rating rises

12-Mar-2013 | MIPAC has increased its rating with online contractor management database, ISNetworld, and is now a preferred service provider for Shell and BP.

Instrumentation offerings reap benefits for MIPAC’s clients

12-Mar-2013 | MIPAC is able to offer clients streamlined engineering services because, unlike some of its competitors, it boasts an instrumentation department which works in tandem with engineering teams.

MIPAC's successful historian trial drives SunWater project expansion

12-Mar-2013 | A three-month trial to supply, configure and commission an historian for Australian water solutions provider and infrastructure company, SunWater, has seen MIPAC engaged to expand the project across more than 70 sites.

PanAust and MIPAC team to deliver the Phu Kham Increased Recovery Project

12-Mar-2013 | The successful upgrade of PanAust’s Phu Kham Copper-Gold Operation in Laos has seen MIPAC’s remit expand to work on the Phu Kham Increased Recovery Project (IRP).

MetPlant 2013: Delivering a successful project in unfamiliar territory

12-Mar-2013 | MIPAC senior systems engineer Tim Hausler has been selected to deliver a paper about management strategies at MetPlant 2013, which will be held in July in Perth, Australia.

Electrical design complements suite of MIPAC engineering services

11-Dec-2012 | MIPAC’s electrical design team performs detailed work for a variety of mineral processing clients, both domestic and international and recently completed a significant project for an Armenian gold plant upgrade.

MIPAC Canada is open for business

11-Dec-2012 | MIPAC’s new office in Vancouver, Canada is now open, headed by regional manager Ryan Twible.

Rigged up to implement leading-edge technology

11-Dec-2012 | MIPAC’s senior systems engineer Dr Simon Willis is earning his sea legs while implementing leading-edge technology to improve drilling analysis on an oil rig in the Gulf of Thailand.

MIPAC proud of a job well done

11-Dec-2012 | There is always satisfaction to be had from a job well done but it is great to receive praise and thanks when MIPAC engineers perform at their best.

Kazzinc New Metallurgy Project: commissioned, optimised and under control

11-Dec-2012 | MIPAC engineers have recently completed commissioning of a process control installation for the new Lead ISASMELT™ plant at Kazzinc’s Ust-Kamenogorsk complex in Kazakhstan.

MIPAC Process Optimisation: finding a solution at the heart of the problem

11-Dec-2012 | MIPAC principal process control engineer Bruce Northway prefers to tackle process control problems at their source. To do this he uses MIPAC Process Optimisation (MPO), the application of expert process control knowledge and appropriate automation techniques to stabilise and optimise industrial processes.

High honours for MIPAC student engineer

11-Dec-2012 | MIPAC student engineer Bianca Crow has been awarded a high distinction for her thesis and she recently presented her findings at the University of Queensland's Innovation Showcase. Her thesis was based on work performed for MIPAC and focused on the system identification of process control systems and the implementation of a ‘System Identification Toolbox’ in Scilab.

More process control support services on offer

19-Sep-2012 | MIPAC’s range of specialist process control support services now includes dedicated on-site and remote support, as well as after hours and 24/7 availability.

Discuss plant control strategies at the AusIMM Mill Operators Conference

19-Sep-2012 | MIPAC managing director Eddie De Rivera will be presenting at a specialist control workshop at the upcoming AusIMM Mill Operators Conference.

MIPAC engineer’s band wins two Queensland Music Awards

19-Sep-2012 | MIPAC systems engineer Daniel Puusaari has more strings to his bow than his ability to finely tune mine sites. He’s also a musician and an award-winning one at that.

MIPAC’s new PI expert harnesses the power of data

19-Sep-2012 | MIPAC's new PI solutions developer John Messinger comes to MIPAC with more than 12 years' experience in technical, system design and integration, application design and development services.

New control loop tuning course for mineral processing plants

19-Sep-2012 | MIPAC is now offering a new control loop tuning course for mineral processing plants.

MIPAC office to open in Vancouver, Canada

19-Sep-2012 | MIPAC senior systems engineer Ryan Twible will open MIPAC's new office in Vancouver, Canada in October this year.

Choose MIPAC to optimise your IsaMill™

27-Jun-2012 | Making state-of-the-art technology perform at its best is what sets MIPAC apart from its competitors. For example, MIPAC’s engineers are experts at optimising Xstrata Technology’s IsaMills™.

MIPAC expands services, training and OSIsoft PI capabilities

27-Jun-2012 | Many of MIPAC’s clients operate in challenging environments characterised by rising costs and resource constraints. To ease the pressure for our clients, MIPAC is enhancing its range of support services, training and OSIsoft PI capabilities.

MIPAC's Tim Hausler receives AusIMM New Professional 2012 award in Adelaide

27-Jun-2012 | MIPAC's senior systems engineer Tim Hausler received the 2012 AusImm New Professional Award in Adelaide this month.

Yokogawa dual-trained DCS and safety engineer Carl Williams joins MIPAC

27-Jun-2012 | MIPAC’s new senior systems engineer Carl Williams is a Yokogawa dual-trained DCS and safety engineer who brings high-level technical knowledge and a wealth of international engineering experience to the role.

MIPAC improving throughput in Laos

27-Jun-2012 | MIPAC is helping to improve productivity at the PanAust Limited-owned Phu Kham copper-gold mine in Laos, Southeast Asia.

From site to stage: Tenor Vladimir Bigdan

27-Jun-2012 | MIPAC’s Vladimir Bigdan is more than just a talented systems engineer.

Canada calls for CellView®

27-Jun-2012 | MIPAC’s state-of-the-art continuous wireless cell monitoring system, CellView®, is in demand with a second major order recently delivered to a nickel electrowinning plant in Canada.

MIPAC's Copper Monitor makes its mark in Chile

15-Mar-2012 | MIPAC will be contributing to the success of the Chilean mining industry when several of its state-of-the-art copper concentration monitors are installed at the Anglo American-owned Mantos Blancos mine.

MIPAC gets ISNetworld’s tick of approval

15-Mar-2012 | MIPAC has earned approval from ISNetworld to perform work for a range of global companies.

MIPAC now has a dedicated team to deliver IsaMills™

15-Mar-2012 | Working in tandem with Xstrata Technology, MIPAC’s engineers are designing and commissioning the E, I & C systems for an increasing number of IsaMills™ at sites around the world.

Need technical training? Turn to Kevin Kropf, of course

15-Mar-2012 | MIPAC’s senior systems engineer Kevin Kropf has what it takes to run an effective training program: expert knowledge, hands-on experience and exceptional communication skills.

MIPAC Magicians cast a spell on the water

15-Mar-2012 | MIPAC celebrated Chinese New Year with a splash in February with a team of 20 paddlers participating in the 2012 Dragon Boat Regatta at South Bank in Brisbane.

MIPAC and Mount Isa Mines upgrading thickeners and HBF plant

15-Mar-2012 | MIPAC’s design and systems configuration expertise is being put to good use at Xstrata Mount Isa Mines’s copper operations.

MIPAC boosts ties with UQ

15-Mar-2012 | MIPAC is sponsoring the University of Queensland’s student society EBESS (the Electrically Based Engineering Student Society).

MIPAC delivering first Albion Process™ plant

15-Mar-2012 | MIPAC is working with Xstrata Technology to launch the GPM Gold Project Albion Process™ plant in Armenia. This will be the first time MIPAC and Xstrata Technology will work together on this ground-breaking technology, which involves a hot oxidative leach of finely ground concentrates at atmospheric pressure and without employing autoclaves or relying on bacterial cultures.

MIPAC’s Tim Hausler wins AusIMM New Professional Award

20-Dec-2011 | MIPAC senior systems engineer Tim Hausler has won the AusIMM New Professional Award 2012.

Fresh talent to enhance and develop MIPAC’s relationships

20-Dec-2011 | New MIPAC business development manager Darren Hill has more than 25 years’ experience in delivering electrical engineering solutions, managing innovation and commercialising technology.

Making more of a marvellous resource

20-Dec-2011 | Xstrata Zinc is working with MIPAC on improving production at its George Fisher Mine, an underground zinc/lead mine located about 20 kilometres north of Mount Isa in north-west Queensland.

Revved up for a restoration rescue

20-Dec-2011 | MIPAC’s senior systems engineer Simon Willis doesn’t just transform our clients’ operations into things of beauty; he also enjoys working on his own mechanical marvel.

Bringing the best out of the best: MIPAC makes the most of IsaMill™ advances

19-Oct-2011 | MIPAC’s engineers are working closely with Xstrata Technology to provide tailored design, control, instrumentation and commissioning for at least a dozen IsaMill™ installations in Canada, Peru and Australia.

Martin plays hookey to play hockey

19-Oct-2011 | MIPAC business development manager Martin Halsey recently took annual leave to represent Queensland in a two-week hockey tournament in Canberra.

MIPAC sets new standards to save clients time and money

19-Oct-2011 | MIPAC has developed a standardised Rockwell Automation ControlLogix and Wonderware Archestra framework which can save up to 300 engineering hours and tens of thousands of dollars on the average automation project.

ISASMELT™ DCS training all part of the service

19-Oct-2011 | MIPAC recently welcomed five engineers from Chinese firm Yunnan Chihong Zn & Ge Co and their interpreter to Brisbane for four weeks’ training on operating and maintaining a Distributed Control System (DCS).

MIPAC shares skills at BP Cogeneration Plant

05-Apr-2011 | The Bulwer Island Energy Partnership has commissioned MIPAC to provide instrumentation supervision services at the BP Cogeneration Plant near Brisbane airport.

Relocation, relocation: moving the largest refrigeration plant of its kind

05-Apr-2011 | MIPAC’s just help move the largest refrigeration plant of its kind.

New Appointment : Serena Carstens, Administrative Assistant

18-Mar-2011 | Meet Serena Carstens, MIPAC's Administrative Assistant

New Appointment : Sushil Rane, Systems Engineer

18-Mar-2011 | Meet Sushil Rane, MIPAC's Systems Engineer

New Appointment : Martin Halsey, Business Development Engineer

18-Mar-2011 | Meet Martin Halsley - MIPAC's Business Development Engineer

Thinking ahead about energy

09-Mar-2011 | The mining industry's desire to reduce its energy footprint has led MIPAC to join with Russell Mineral Equipment and energy management consultancy Energetics to host a solutions-orientated workshop for select clients.

A helping hand for businesses worldwide

09-Mar-2011 | MIPAC is working at full pace creating business solutions for clients in Australia and across the world.

SAG Mill Control – It shouldn’t be that hard!

10-Jun-2010 | Improve operations without capital expense – get more out of your plant by applying advanced control in your existing PCS.

Flotation Level Control: A Guide

10-Jun-2010 | A guide to achieving Process Stability using your existing Plant Control System

New Appointment: Chris O'Sullivan

09-Jun-2010 | Interview with Chris O'Sullivan; Senior Systems Engineer

Life is Sweet

09-Jun-2010 | Industry stalwart Ian Matthewson in profile; Mackay Sugar Co-Generation Project

Maximise the potential of your manufacturing operations: MIPAC Process Optimisation

09-Jun-2010 | MIPAC Process Optimisation is an opportunity to make serious gains in energy reduction and/or increased throughput and yield.

Electrolytic Tankhouse Management

09-Jun-2010 | electro-refining, electro-winning and tankhouse management solutions

Xstrata Copper Smelter: Yokogawa Control System Conversion

09-Jun-2010 | In April 2010, MIPAC commissioned new control systems for Xstrata’s Copper Smelter in Mount Isa.

Xstrata Copper Underground Mine Ventilation: Control System Upgrade

09-Jun-2010 | In late 2009, MIPAC managed the replacement of aging Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) for three chilled water pump stations at Xstrata Copper’s underground Mount Isa Copper Mine.

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