CONSTRAINT MODEL: A CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT TOOL TO DEBOTTLENECK VERTICALLY INTEGRATED MINING AND METALLURGICAL OPERATIONS

World Mining Congress
The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the value of identifying and optimizing throughput constraints by utilizing a Constraint Model. This will be achieved by first understanding the overall concept of Operational Excellence, Continuous Improvement and Theory of Constraints as practiced within Vale Canada Limited. Next, the value of utilizing a Constraint Model is demonstrated by primarily identifying constraints. The applications in utilizing Constraint Models will be demonstrated, including the primary benefit of identifying constraints. The remainder of the paper will focus on how to properly setup a Constraint Model using discrete simulation (regardless of simulation software). Benefits of understanding the severity of constraints and movement of the bottleneck will be recognized. The paper will conclude with the summary of real applications within Vale Canada Limited.
Keywords: Constraints; Models; Model; Process; Processes; Systems; Improvement; Improvements; optimization;
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