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12 June, 2019 - 20:06 By Tony Quested

Asian deal a gold mine for Cambridge AI specialist

JSC AK Altynalmas

Cambridge industrial AI specialist has delivered digital technology to a Kazakhstan gold mine in an historic project.

The UK business has deployed its technology to deliver Kazakhstan’s first digital plant at Aktogay gold extraction plant owned by JSC AK Altynalmas.

It is one of seven model plants sanctioned by the Kazakhstan government to demonstrate the benefits of advanced technologies for the wider industry. announced the deal at the international Astana Mining & Metallurgy Congress.

The Aktogay deployment features implementation of the AI powered platform for the mine’s grinding circuit that predicts ball charge, liner wear and prevents overloads – resulting in improved process transparency and reduction of mill stoppages. 

The Intellisense-LAB Technological Development Center, established jointly with Tech Garden and, is driving forward a national digitization Plan positioning Kazakhstan at the forefront of Industry 4.0 technology development. 

Zhanar Amanzholova, vice-president of IT and Corporate Development for JSC AK Altynalmas, said: “This breakthrough use of AI as part of 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, in accordance with the results we plan to introduce the technology in other operational processes in order to optimise the production at our Aktogay site.”

The team was tasked with reducing mill shutdowns, reducing the frequency of overload of the mill, and predicting the timing of liner replacements. 

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 time frame.”

The grinding circuit optimisation application builds on’s portfolio of mine-to-market applications that target specific processes in the value chain. is currently hiring throughout its operations including vacancies based in Cambridge, Chile, Kazakhstan and Spain. Locally, the company is based at IdeaSpace South on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

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