The mining industry relies on heavy duty equipment to conduct earthwork operations. Some equipment dig and gouge away at the materials being mined, while others push the mined materials around. No matter which heavy equipment is used, operators want to keep them running efficiently for a long time. Digital twins open new possibilities to improve operating efficiency for mining companies. The first step is to produce an accurate Bill of Materials (BOM), which serves as a single source of truth for product information across various disciplines. An engineer may use the BOM to review the design of an equipment and identify possible alternative parts. A maintenance technician can also use an equipment BOM to identify parts that may require maintenance and keep track of inventory to perform such operations.  


Client Highlight: Big Iron Consulting 

Big Iron Consulting, which is headquartered in Australia, is an asset management and life cycle costing consulting company that serves the global mining industry. Big Iron specializes in the management of mobile open cut and underground equipment. Big Iron adds value to mining companies in the asset management consulting space by helping them generate custom and accurate list of BOM and more. In addition, the BOM delivered by Big Iron on the Digital Twin Exchange will be in a consumable data format that can be imported into Maximo with one click.  


Big Iron Consulting’s Partnership with IBM on the Digital Twin Exchange 

IBM Digital Twin Exchange is a first of its kind Exchange that allows manufacturers, OEMs, and 3rd Party content providers to share digital resources as digital twins. Providers can list and sell digital twin resources such as Parts List, BOM, Specifications, while consumers are able to find and buy critical content in one place. Big Iron saw an opportunity to deliver accurate BOM and monetize their digital twin data on the Exchange for only $99 a year. More importantly, by becoming a Content Provider on the Digital Twin Exchange, Big Iron can tap into IBM’s 3,000+ Maximo install base. To date, Big Iron has listed 120 products on IBM Digital Twin Exchange, where it has set up an online store. We are excited to welcome more providers and customers in the Mining industry to join our growing digital twin ecosystem. 


Big Iron’s Store Front on IBM Digital Twin Exchange:

Digital Twin Exchange Integration with Maximo 

To make it even easier for mining operators to manage their assets, users can now import the BOM downloaded from IBM Digital Twin Exchange into Maximo. In IBM Maximo Asset Management version 7.6.1.2, there is a new action “Import Digital Data” in Assets application. When a user clicks on the action, the “Import Digital Twin Data” dialog gets displayed. The user obtains email ID and key from the Digital Twin Exchange account in this dialog and click on the Request Data button. It will call the API to get the product list that the user has bought on the IBM Digital twin Exchange. This integration facilitates bringing accurate data into Maximo and decrease time to value for customers. Maximo customers would be able to exchange common business practices around the maintenance of critical assets, minimize downtime, and create effective communication amongst asset owners, operators, and maintainers using this integration. Click here to view a demo of the Maximo integration on the IBM Digital Twin Exchange.  


Order confirmation page on IBM Digital Twin Exchange: 

Maximo Import Digital Twin Data screen to import Assets, Items, Spare Parts and Job Plans:

Spare Parts and Job Plan in JSON format successfully imported into Maximo:

Digital twins allow mining operators to optimize the operation and maintenance of physical assets and improve mining productivity. With IBM Digital Twin Exchange and Maximo working together, mining operators can collaborate efficiently and manage their assets better than before. The Digital Twin Exchange is now open to share digital twin downloads. Email ibmdtwin@us.ibm.com to schedule a demo.  


Big Iron Consulting’s partnership model with IBM on the Digital Twin Exchange: