Novacura has 10+ years of experience in the mining industry. Over the years, we have observed the following common situation in the mines.
An issue with information accuracy exists because of the broken “flow of information” between operational systems (used in daily production) and business systems, like planning systems, reporting systems, financial systems. That is where we noticed a gap.
This “gap” consists of 3 elementary problems:
- Information is gathered manually – very often by maintenance activities. It increases maintenance costs but causes another big problem: downtime. Maintenance measures are often disruptive to production and in many cases, a machine must be switched off to be able to perform certain measures.
- Information comes too late – decision-makers (that operate at the business systems level) cannot see accurate and up-to-date information since it's gathered and imported manually. It generates delays counted in days. And it has a fundamental impact on planning accuracy and the quality of decisions made by planning managers.
- Information is not precise enough – because of the problem with the manual gathering of the information and its disruptive impact on the production, the operation is not measured on every production stage with the required quality. It means that decision-makers, even if they measure some problem at the end, cannot effortlessly identify the root of the issue in the process.
And the scale of the problem is big – the utilization in the mining industry comparing to other similar industries is still relatively low.
"Typical mining facility can be at 65-70% availability, while – i.e. hydropower production in hydropower plants achieve 98 - 99.5% availability around the clock. This simple comparison shows the scale of the potential that still resides in mining."
- says Östen Westman, Sales Director at Novacura
But the problem has also its positive nature: there is still a lot to improve and companies who decide to change their conventional thinking can achieve a competitive advantage.
A communication gateway is a good solution
In Novacura, over many years of working within the mining industry, we have developed a technology that solves the above problems.
Our proposed solution is to implement Novacura FLOW to act as a Communication Gateway to gather and transmit information from operations to business systems.
Thanks to the AI engine connected to the solution (which is available right now in our platform), we will be able to predict future damages and reduce maintenance costs and production breaks.
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