Understanding pyrometallurgical tools

The challenges of the pyrometallurgical process are to conduct operations over a short time, in a safe environment and at the same time. Managing a process in this type of furnace is challenging in terms of process, safety, environment.

Currently, there is no academic training course to learn step by step how a pyrometallurgical facility works. In particular, how to build and operate a furnace in industrial conditions. Only companies with pyrometallurgical pilot facilities can offer new employees the opportunity to gain initial exposure. For this reason, the EIT RawMaterials funded education project SPYRO aims to bridge the gap between theory and the actual operation of industrial facilities.

The aim is to develop e-learning and virtual reality modules to train engineers in the management of pyrometallurgical processes. This will provide employees working in the field of hot processes (researchers, engineers, technicians and PhDs) a digital access to the “pyrometallurgical environment”.

Sharing best practices

SPYRO is an interactive training programme designed especially for new employees in the field of pyrometallurgical process management. The sharing of best practices and skills is at the heart of this educational project. The consortium brings together manufacturers, a materials processing institute and a research centre.

By teaching employees best practices and enabling them to better understand the risks and safety issues related to these pilots, they will get up to speed in their positions in pyrometallurgical facilities.

Jean-Michel Milazzo, Project Coordinator at Eramet Ideas

The aim is to help reduce risks during actual operations, and to avoid accidents and errors in processing.

Meet industrial needs

This training programme takes an industrial and pragmatic approach based on the best engineering and operational practices. The first stage will involve developing the content of the training programme and the different aspects of the work to be covered. How to present the training content will be determined next. The second stage consists of collecting and compiling data from the partners involved in the project. Above all, the partners define a methodology for gathering this data.

The last step will be the actual implementation of the e-learning course, starting with the creation of a summary and a storyboard outlining the course. The modules will be tested with a group of beta testers, all experts in their field. The augmented reality module is designed to meet specific industrial needs.

Professional training is at the core of EIT RawMaterials Education initiatives working in close cooperation with our industrial partners in order to respond to the industries’ changing needs in the raw materials sector.

Serge Monturet, Education Manager at Innovation Hub Central