The United States has one of the most effective mining industries worldwide. For example, the US mined $109.6 billion worth of goods in 2015. Additionally, more than 158,000 workers earned their living through this industry. Technological and managerial know-how led to the success of this industry. Miners developed this know-how over time as they adapted to local and international conditions. This knowledge helps you enter this industry successfully. Moreover, learning about them would help you increase the level of productivity at your mine. Doing so would lead to innovative practices as well. Here are 4 mining industry know-hows.
- Bulk Material Handling Systems
Mines produce tons of excavated materials. For example, the Kennecott mine in Utah produces 237,000 tons of copper annually. Remember, an average car weighs 2 tons. Therefore, this mine excavates an equivalent weight of 118,500 cars yearly. How does it handle this huge volume of materials? Well, it does that through mining industry know-how. In this case, these know-hows refer to specific systems developed over time to ease the handling of bulk materials. TPS created a system for this purpose in the recent past and then the company christened it as a Bulk Material Handling System. Industry experts taunt it as the most effective bulk handling system in the country.
2. Turn-Key Processing Solutions
At its most basic, mineral processing involves identifying a specific material characteristic and then deciding how to separate the material or change its characteristics in some way. Turn-Key Processing Solutions has a unique set of practical skills and a proven record in determining the most cost-effective and repeatable processes available. We typically look at material characteristics, such as specific gravity, particle size distribution, and density, to design a process that will provide predictable and reliable results in a production environment. We have invested the necessary resources in our laboratory’s mineral processing equipment to help support our recommendations with scientific test results.
3. Realistic Gantt charts
A Gantt chart refers to a specialized bar chart that contains details on a project’s schedule. Some of these details include pending tasks on the vertical axis and corresponding time intervals on the horizontal one. The width of the bars indicates an activity’s duration. As you can see this know-how is a highly detailed one. However, it might fail in some respects as well. For example, these activities depend on something. Is there an indication of dependency on this chart? What is the degree of this dependency? Realistic Gantt charts would help you determine this detail and others so that making realistic plans based on these charts is possible.
4. Daily On-Site Support
Technical assistance is critical to ensuring that a mine operates 24/7. It should operate for as long as possible if operating 24/7 is impossible. This kind of extended operation is only possible when the mine receives regular on-site support. That is where most US mining operations beat the operations in other countries. More specifically, the country has an adequate number of professionals who can provide this support to the mining industry. Remember, the location of most mines is usually in remote areas away from the noise and dust that comes with mining operations. Ensuring that technical know-how is available to these operations is a logistical nightmare that a few companies can handle.