Five Reasons Mines Should be Using Short Interval Control

It is 2019, competition in the mining industry is hotter than ever. As a result, mines are looking for any chance to get ahead. In brief, SIC is exactly where they should be looking. SIC, or short interval control, makes things run more smoothly, more consistently by allowing for mid-shift adjustments and improvements. The connected miner is the most efficient miner, here’s why.

1. Instruction in Real Time – Miners receive real time scheduling and task updates. The connected miner is always in the right place, at the right time and working on the right task. 

2. Live Problem Solving – Conduct conversations, underground to surface, addressing problems live as they occur. Time is money, if you’re not actively communicating problems, you’re wasting it.

3. Shift Monitoring and Decision Making – Receive detailed work location and task progress monitoring and management. With SIC, decisions can be made promptly, leaving no lag time to slow operations down.

4. Resource Location Management – Locate equipment and personnel with ease to more efficiently assign resources to upcoming tasks.

5. Continuous Improvement – Use historical production data to make well informed operational decisions and continuously improve. As a result of SIC, you will always learn from the past and be able to better prepare for the future.

It’s plain to see the benefits of SIC, and it would be difficult to find a mine manager who isn’t looking for the 20-35% OEE increase that short interval control offers. 

Take the first steps to implementing short interval control today! Check out groundHog for mines. groundHog is a mobile fleet management system optimized for underground mines. Designed to work out of the box, groundHog controls production, tracks and schedules the workforce, and delivers deep insights to increase process efficiency. Leverage groundHog to build a mine that is highly efficient, safe and profitable.


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