Flow Of Ore

Rapidly identify and rectify
constraints in ore flow

Reduce unplanned downtime to gain
greater utilisation of assets

Optimise Utilisation of Availability

APC’s Productivity Analysis system links engineering and mining plans to actual operational performance, identifying deviations from plan and providing guidance to operational managers to discover and eliminate root causes.  Those assets in the ore flow, whether they be vertical or horizontal transport, fixed or mobile plant, quite often have utilisation less than 40%.  Through greater visibility into the reasons for unplanned downtime, root causes can be identified, and overall asset effectiveness improved.

Why it is important

Managing ore flow is one of the most critical functions in a mine.  There are many steps in the process from blasting through mucking, tramming, hauling, hoisting and conveying.  Identifying bottlenecks and constraints in this flow is essential – and removing them requires visibility into the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) of fixed and mobile assets.  Identifying and maximising available time, then ensuring that that time is used productively by having the right resources in the right place, leads to better asset usage.  Linking verifiable KPIs to crew objectives is a proven way of ensuring that improvement endures.

Link multiple sources of data and extract insight

APC’s Productivity Analysis (PA) aggregates data from a variety of sources to provide leaders with simple, easy to action information.  Primary sources of data include maintenance plans, which provide the baseline availability of equipment for a shift incorporating statutory inspections and other planned downtime.  PA then acquires data on the mobile asset movement past critical waypoints, as well as key operational data in real time.  It overlays this information on the plan and reports utilisation for jumbos, loaders, trucks, crushers, conveyors and cage/hoist).

Flow of People


Flow of Ore


Flow of Material