Increasing Metallurgical Performance: Real Time Process Management Implementation

CIM Edmonton 2004
J. Pat Kennedy,
Abstract Integration of mine transactions, stockpile inventories, process flows and assays are the key to determine the economics for each blast strategy. Real time information from process plants assets greatly affects the profitability and flexibility of a company. However, gross errors from faulty sensors, manual entry data, instrumentation, or correct process models may corrupt actionable information.

Much of the information is not integrated with operations and ERP systems for collaboration between workgroups. The lack of an integrated approach makes the profitability of metallurgical plants lag behind that of other industries despite technical advances that have occurred in recent years.

Combining real time infrastructure with portal technology is becoming an accepted methodology. This paper introduces real time portals and team sites to support decision making by workgroups which require both real time and documentary information from manufacturing assets, vendors, head office and the Internet. Workers get insight from the overall process effectiveness index based on key variables such as losses due to plant availability, performance efficiency and rate of quality. Real time portals and smart clients are part of any real time performance management (RtPM) solution. Three case studies in large metallurgical complexes are presented.

Keywords: Real Time Performance Management, Operational Excellence, Real Time Portal, Production Statistics Information, Gross Error Detection.
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