Short In­ter­val Con­trol app a pow­er­ful tool for im­prov­ing un­der­ground pro­duc­tion

The Australian Mining Review - - ANGLO AMERICAN -

THE team at Com­mit Works have been im­ple­ment­ing Short In­ter­val Con­trol (SIC) sys­tems for more than 20 years in mines.

Short In­ter­val Con­trol (SIC) en­ables front­line lead­ers to see how their process is per­form­ing against a plan through­out a shift.

Each shift is bro­ken into short in­ter­vals (of about two hours) where su­per­vi­sors re­view per­for­mance against tar­gets. This al­lows them to ad­dress any is­sues be­fore they be­come un­nec­es­sary waste, and to co-or­di­nate day-to-day work bet­ter.

The cen­tral idea be­hind SIC is that when su­per­vi­sors are more aware of how their process is per­form­ing dur­ing the shift, then they will be able to act to keep the process on course to hit its tar­get each shift.

What does the Com­mit Works SIC app do?

Us­ing mo­bile tech­nol­ogy and real-time data, the app lets su­per­vi­sors track work on their tablets or mo­bile phones while they are on site.

It con­nects to the com­pany’s ex­ist­ing sched­ul­ing soft­ware, Fewzion, so that the work of un­der­ground crews is reg­u­larly mea­sured against plans and up­dated in real time.

Why choose the Com­mit Works SIC app?

An in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket means that mines need to work more ef­fi­ciently to main­tain their prof­its.

While the min­ing in­dus­try has tra­di­tion­ally used pa­per-based SIC, this app is more ef­fec­tive and re­li­able be­cause it gives su­per­vi­sors real time in­sights into what’s hap­pen­ing at the coal­face and en­ables them to re­spond quickly to im­prove re­sults ev­ery shift.

“Short In­ter­val Con­trol is one of the most pow­er­ful tools for im­prov­ing pro­duc­tion, Com­mit Works chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Moy­nagh said.

“We’re pleased to bring our app to un­der­ground min­ing op­er­a­tions be­cause it of­fers the best avail­able sys­tem for track­ing work and boost­ing re­sults.”

Un­der­ground miner in North Queens­land us­ing the SIC app.

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