BASF and partner to accelerate digital transformation in mining23 July 2020

Pictured: Sam G. Bose, CEO, and Damien Caby, Senior Vice President BASF Oilfield Chemicals & Mining Solutions, announce the BASF Intelligent Mine powered by strategic partnership.

Global chemical company BASF and, an industrial artificial intelligence (AI) company, have announced an exclusive partnership that will combine their expertise in mineral processing, ore beneficiation chemistry and industrial AI technology.

The joint offering is called the ‘BASF Intelligent Mine powered by’ and delivers AI solutions embedded with BASF’s mineral processing and chemical expertise. The solution will look to enable mine operations to become more efficient, sustainable and safe.

BASF Intelligent Mine powered by is said to be an open, real-time, decision-making platform that can be configured for individual sites, typically within three months. Each mining process, such as grinding, thickening, flotation and pumping, is supported by an Optimisation as a Service (OaaS) application which predicts and simulates future performance, generating process-specific recommendations for insights and optimisation. As multiple OaaS applications link together, customers can generate efficiency gains throughout the entire mine-to-market value chain, the companies say.

Remote operations access allows for 24/7 visibility of mine operational and financial performance, with BASF process experts available to provide real-time support. Additionally, the in-built simulation tool can be used to test alternative operating conditions, train staff and run non-intrusive ‘what if’ scenarios.

According to BASF and, Image Resources – an early adopter of the Intelligent Mine – has experienced promising results from the Intelligent Mine deployment in the mineral sands industry. “Image Resources is both excited and optimistic about the potential the BASF Intelligent Mine powered by can have to positively impact the accuracy and efficiency of our process control functions to meaningfully improve our bottom-line,” says Patrick Mutz, MD at Image Resources. “From our experience so far, we are confident it will achieve these results whilst simplifying and de-stressing operational decision making.”

Damien Caby, senior vice president at BASF Oilfield Chemicals & Mining Solutions, says: “Our partnership with combines state of the art artificial intelligence and decades of ore beneficiation experience in to a powerful, fast and easy to deploy optimisation platform. Efficiency improvements resulting from the first implementations by our joint dedicated team are helping customers accelerate the digital transformation of their mining operations.”

Sam G. Bose, CEO at, adds: "In a tough economic climate, the need to focus on mining productivity, within sustainable and remote operational constraints, is driving pressure on operating and capex budgets and requires innovative solutions with accelerated value delivery. The partnership between BASF and ensures mining organisations have a partner that understands both their operational risk as well as new technologies.”

Adam Offord

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