News & Articles
Current news and mining industry articles covering a myriad of topics written by the Outliers Mining Solutions team.
Outliers Mining Solutions Time Usage Model Assists Mining and Processing
Outliers Mining Solutions promotes a Time Usage Model equally applicable to fixed and mobile assets operating on the surface or underground.
Myra Falls Case Study
During an engagement at an Underground Base Metal Mine in Western Canada, it was found the operation had limited daily reporting on critical measures, which resulted in a lack of understanding of how the mine, crews, and individual operators were performing.
Case Study: Benefits of a Mining-Focused Business Improvement Training Program
In 2016, Outliers Mining Solutions delivered a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program at a partner Gold Mining Operation in Canada.
The Benefits of Flexible Resourcing
When a site is undergoing change or growth, a question hiring managers need to consider is: 'Would a contractor be a better fit for this role in your company than a permanent employee?'
Case Study: Outliers Mining Solutions Remote Assessment
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.
Case Study: Embracing a Changing World – Remote Asset Management Budget Support
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.
Case Study: Increasing Production and Haul Efficiency at Ferrexpo
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.
Case Study: Improving Shift-Change at Open Pit Mines
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.
Effective Warehouse Management Strategy
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.
A Strong Foundation is Critical to Implementing New Technology in Asset Management
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.
Choosing the Right Mining Consultant
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.
Short Interval Control in Open Pit Mining
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.