Adopting Manufacturing Philosophies to Improve Operational Stability
The mining industry is at a tipping point in its history, in need of innovation to ensure it remains sustainable and able to better weather challenging economic times. That is why there has been a growing call from leading industry executives over the past several years to bring philosophies and technology proven in other industries into mining. The pursuit of operational stability will see the mining industry move to formalizing and standardizing their business processes, driven by the need for conformance, predictability, safety, cost management and productivity. Achieving operational stability will require robust planning practices; optimized scheduling; and strict adherence to plan, but mines that can become stable will benefit from reduced costs and improved performance in production.
The manufacturing and construction industries have found significant benefits in adopting philosophies such as LEAN, TOC (Theory of Constraints), and Six-Sigma. These practices lend themselves well to technology and software has been developed in these industries in order to apply these practices. The presentation delivered at the recent SAIMM’s New Technology and Innovation in the Minerals Industry Colloquium in Johannesburg South Africa, discussed how miners can deploy software prevalent in the manufacturing industry to achieve operational stability. It demonstrated how synchronizing operations across multiple departments and between sites could provide: (1) visibility into the current status of the work underway in the mine; (2) control over business processes and faster reaction times to unforeseen circumstances; and (3) optimize the sequence of mining and support tasks and their resource assignments.
Natural Resources Industry Solution Technical Senior Manager, Dassault Systemes
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