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IntelliSense.io puts the artificial intelligence into Kazakhstan gold mining

Industrial artificial intelligence company Intellisense.io has struck gold in Kazakhstan, where its technology has been used to launch the country’s first digital plant.

CEO Sam Bose of IntelliSense.io. Picture: Keith Heppell
CEO Sam Bose of IntelliSense.io. Picture: Keith Heppell

The Cambridge company’s AI-powered brains.app platform is now in operation at the Aktogay gold extraction plant, helping to make predictions over the state of operations that will reduce downtime.

The platform is being used on the grinding circuit, to predict ball charge and liner wear and prevent overloads.

The plant is operated by Kazakhstan national company JSC AK Altynalmas.

Zhanar Amanzholova, vice president of IT and corporate development at JSC AK Altynalmas, and head of the ‘Digital mine’ project, said: “This breakthrough use of AI as part of brains.app is set to act as a benchmark for our operations and allows our staff to make the work of the factory transparent, predictable and reduce downtime, which should lead to the maximum benefit from the Akotgay production site.

“We are currently piloting and in the future we plan to introduce the technology in other operational processes in order to optimise the production at our Aktogay site.”

IntelliSense.io, which has its headquarters at the Clifford Allbutt building off Hills Road, was tasked reducing mill shutdowns, cutting the frequency of overload of the mill and predicting the timing of liner replacements.

CEO Sam Bose with the rest of the team. Picture: Keith Heppell
CEO Sam Bose with the rest of the team. Picture: Keith Heppell

Daryn Munsyzbayev, head of the Altynalmas project, said: “Thanks to the AI's ability to perform predictive analysis based on operating data, we expect to receive real time information of the ball charge and liner condition which should lead to a reduction in emergency downtime.

“As a result, we estimate that the overall economic effect of the system implementation should generate a payback on the investment in this project in a short timeframe.”

The Cambridge company announced the development at the international Astana Mining & Metallurgy Congress.

In 2018, the IntelliSense-LAB Technological Development Center was established between the Cambridge company and Tech Garden, an autonomous cluster fund in Kazakhstan.

The initiative is designed to drive forward the Kazakhstan National Digital Roadmap, backed by the country’s government, which aims to put the nation at the forefront of Industry 4.0 technology development.

Operator screens at the Cetinela mine in Chile, where they are using Intellisense applications (12514790)
Operator screens at the Cetinela mine in Chile, where they are using Intellisense applications (12514790)

Aktogay gold extraction plant is one of seven model plants sanctioned by the government to demonstrate the benefits of such technology to the wider industry.

Andrei Tyan, director of the Intellisense-LAB Technology Development Center, said: ““The grinding circuit optimisation application provides a digital twin of the SAG mill and grinding circuit that serves as a modelling environment to optimise the mill process without interrupting operations.The brains.app software powered by artificial intelligence predicts mill performance in the range of 10 minutes, identifying possible overload events."

IntelliSense.io is hiring in Cambridge, Chile, Kazakhstan and Spain. Visit https://intellisense.io.

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