Implementing lean principle into mining industry issues and challenges
2009 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
The lean production concept has its origin in automotive industry and is widely used in manufacturing sectors. What makes its applicability in mining difficult is the dynamic nature of mining operations bringing high degree of uncertainty in various unit operations. To reduce the wastage of efforts, one needs to remove uncertainty and predict the process behaviour as correct as possible. Furthermore, to achieve lean approach in mining, the entire mining chain needs to be considered starting from Mine exploration, mine planning, drilling operation, blasting, loading and transportation, ore dressing processes, reclamation, etc. To be lean in mining is not only dependent on mine production systems consisting of equipments and machines but it also depends on quality and reliability of information flow in real time generating action plans. Also, the reliability and maintenance preparedness have major influence on the degree of waste being generated in the process. For example if ore body is not correctly delineated/characterised or drilling operations not performed correctly, wrong charging process and wrong loading process- all may lead to wastage of resources. In fact Lean production has its origin (leans on) in JIT, TQM and TPM. The common denominator of all these philosophies is the human in the process. To improve any process one needs to measure the current status so that any change in current status can be recorded. The paper presents issues and challenges associated with implementation of Lean Principles in Mining industries.
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Research subject Operation and Maintenance
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-35811Local ID: a7cfb580-e63b-11de-bae5-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-35811DiVA: diva2:1009065
International Symposium on Mine Planning and Equipment Selection : 16/11/2009 - 19/11/2009
Godkänd; 2009; Bibliografisk uppgift: Sider: 1-9; 20091211 (ruku)2016-09-302016-09-30Bibliographically approved