As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, several of Outliers Mining Solutions’ operational assessments had to be completed remotely due to travel restrictions. In one such assessment, completed in 2020, the work scope included an operations assessment covering Mine Operations, including loading, hauling and drilling fleets, and the site’s fleet management system.
If you were to ask any member of the OMS team their favourite aspects of the work we do, chances are being on-site and working ‘in the field’ would rank at the top. It gives us the chance to work closely with our clients and better understand the challenges they face daily.
In 2016 Outliers initiated a work scope with Ferrexpo to improve the productivity and efficiency of load and haul fleet at Poltava and Yerestovo mines. This scope included the deployment of the Outliers Performance Management tools such as the Short Interval Control tool and the rehabilitation and effective use of the Wenco Fleet Management System to deliver improved truck allocation.
Our clients will tell us they know they should be hot-seating; they know that there is an opportunity, but it hasn’t been implemented. Of course, it would be ideal to have a true hot-seat, one where trucks roll up to an elevated platform, one operator walks off, the other walks on, and the truck cycle is barely interrupted. A hot-seat shift-change process like that can virtually eliminate production losses during shift-change.
Managing a warehouse requires addressing some principles that we often see ignored or only loosely followed. Managed properly, a warehouse can be a major contributor to effective asset management and mine site operation.
When we look at maintenance and reliability functions, there are a lot of industry buzzwords thrown around. I’m sure you’ve heard them- artificial intelligence, automation, machine learning, the Internet of things, etc.. These powerful concepts have significant potential to transform how lots of industries operate and maintenance and reliability in mining is no exception.
The task of choosing a mining consultant can be challenging if you don’t have experience navigating the selection process. Frequently, the management at a mine site chooses a consultant based on price as the primary determining factor.
Effective short interval control allows mine operations to detect issues impacting mine production in real-time so corrective actions can be taken within the shift rather than waiting for end of shift reports to evaluate performance.
Today, OMS is a announcing a new service offering to place our senior-level professionals at mine sites to fill asset management leadership roles.
Collaboration and Clear Roles for Pit Supervisors and Mine Dispatchers is Essential for Mine Performance
To be a high performing team using a modern fleet management or dispatch system, both mining dispatchers and pit supervisors need clearly defined roles and accountabilities and the authority to make decisions quickly.