The effective management of materials handling, or mining operations is the key requirement to a successful and profitable operation. Typically, these operations are managed in three main categories namely:
Using a production management system (PMS), this information is constantly and autonomously recorded and updated in real time, summarised into set key performance indicators for comparison with project targets. This system can provide reports and summaries as a web based solution, accessible from any device and any place where internet access is available (Cloud & IoT based solution). This will enable project supervisors and managers in near real-time to be informed of all aspects of their operations to eliminate surprises and be proactive in decision making.
The effective equipment utilisation depends on maximising the effective operational working hours of the mining equipment. The following KPI’s are measured and reported to manage effective equipment utilisation:
Equipment Availability - This is the mechanical up-time of the equipment and is measured as a percentage of available shift hours, by recording planned and unplanned maintenance. This target depends on the shift system used by the mine.
Equipment Utilisation - this is the total productive time of the equipment in hours. It is measured as a percentage of available hours, by recording non-productive time, which includes blasting delays, fatigue breaks, shift changes and any other work stoppages.
In mining one of the most critical metrics to measure from both a production as well as a safety perspective is operator performance and key control. This allows for all the equipment productivity and efficiency KPI’s to be further linked to specific operators.
The cost of surface mining is largely dependent on the output of the mining team. To lower the mining cost, the mining team should be optimised in terms of
Management of mining projects are results driven, and requires a solution which can, in real time, presen a visual dashboard reporting the above key performnce indicators in a summary.
Sens mining offers this solution to its clients as a managed service. This means that Sens takes responsibility for the technological aspects of the solution on site as well as on the backend measured against an SLA with its clients.