Following MECHVAC’s recent receipt of an SA Resources Industry Award, Byron Burridge (MD) was interviewed by Austmine (the peak industry body in Australia for the mining equipment, technology and services sector) about MECHVAC’s unique and competitive positioning of technology and innovation in mining and resources.
This highly valuable Q&A covers such questions as:
- How having a holistic approach to the design of process plant can help improve process plant productivity.
- How an appropriate use of simulation and pilot plants can mitigate demand on capital expenditure and assist in minimising losses.
- How lessons on lean manufacturing from other industries can be translated to the mining industry to improve productivity.
… and more …
You can view this important interview here.
You can view more of what sets MECHVAC apart in the mining and resources sector here.
You can view case studies of MECHVAC’s work in the mining and resources sector (and other industries) here.
MECHVAC always strives to provide a holistic approach to the design of process plant. If a process has manual operations integrated within it then the plant should always be designed around the operator to maximise their productivity and around operator ergonomics to eliminate WHS issues. An automated plant should be designed around minimising downtime and product damage or losses in transit. A process should not just be designed around maintenance concerns as this invariably neglects all other considerations. Whilst maintenance access is important it shouldn’t compromise productivity, safety or quality. With these principles in mind, MECHVAC can redesign existing plant (which can often be done at minimal cost) to improve the process efficiencies and therefore the bottom line.
Lean manufacturing principles are centred on the minimisation of process waste and maximising value added operations, which can be applied anywhere. What started with the Toyota Production System in the automotive industry has been successfully applied to other manufacturing industries and even to banking and government operations. Rio Tinto has a track record of implementing lean processes at its aluminium smelters. MECHVAC has a long track record in lean manufacturing plant layout design which started in the automotive industry and has since evolved into providing the same service in other industries including Manufacturing, Food, Defence and Mining. In the mining industry, MECHVAC has worked in close collaboration with our clients to design, manufacture and install an ore crushing and blending plant at Bureau Veritas Minerals to replace an existing process that delivered the following improvements;
- Productivity improvement of 66%
- Reduction in floor area of 56%
These improvements resulted in a payback of less than 2 years on the CAPEX expended on this project.
Significant improvements can be readily made for existing or new operations with a lean process design approach that MECHVAC is ready to assist with.