MiningIQ recently published an article looking at how to make mining operations more efficient. As a more competitive market opens up and there is an increase in compliance and external forces (exchange rate, supply, demand, labour costs, etc.) these businesses are required to maximise productivity at a minimum operating cost all in order to increase profitability.
They found that one of the key business processes that large mining operations can deliver on is their fleet management. MiningIQ discovered that companies such as Glencore, BHP and ADG Mining are all rethinking their approach to fleet management and looking at the smarter way to improve their efficiency and bottom line.
Effective Maintenance Management
MiningiQ stated that Glencore is at the forefront of implementing optimisation into their maintenance management system. Their fleet is made up of millions of dollars’ worth of equipment and their loader rebuilds cost upwards of 1 million dollars.
Through the use of maintenance management optimisation they were able to save; in one circumstance 390,000 dollars.
Truck Haulage Continuous Improvement
They went on to say that Peter Knights, Chair of BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance has even gone beyond using optimisation within the maintenance of his vehicle fleet. He has done this by looking at the most economical way to run his vehicles; through energy and fuel they were able to improve efficiency.
Streamlining The Communications system
MiningIQ’s report found that power, communications, GPS and general infrastructure were key barriers to business efficiencies.
Adam Gray, specialist consultant, mining systems at ADGMining said
“The improvements in truck utilisation were astounding –we’re talking in the realms of more than three per cent, which is a massive figure at the end of an NPV,”
In a lot of cases streamlining the communication systems is as simple as moving off basic excel based programs that don’t allow you to perform specific tasks.
How can I achieve these sort of savings with my fleet?
Biarri is an Australian owned and operated company that was established in 2008. We have worked in many industries but have proven capabilities within Rail, Mining and Oil and Gas. Working with companies such as Rio Tinto, QLD Cotton, Arrow Energy, Origin Energy and Boral (to name a few) and have been able to work across a range of not only Fleet Management problems but; FIFO scheduling, Manpower Planning, Vehicle Routing, Rolling Stock Operational Management, Vessel Load optimisation, and many more.
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