Mine Smelter Process Improvement Evaluation Case Study

A study of the impacts on ore transfer via gantry cranes and AGVs during process improvement implementation at a mine smelter using Flexsim Simulation Software

Overview

A large mining company wanted to evaluate the impacts of competing process improvement plans on the productivity of their smelting process during implementation. The plant being studied initially had five reduction kilns and four smelting furnaces.

The reduction kilns were used to heat the ore to approximately 1200 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce the moisture content and ore oxide. The smelting furnaces melted the ore into slag and a metal matte that was further refined at a later

Ore Transfer Case Study

A study of the impacts on ore transfer via gantry cranes and AGVs when increasing the number of ore types from one to two using Flexsim Simulation Software

Overview

In an attempt to decrease emissions, increase production by 20%, and improve the quality of the final product, a mine was evaluating the feasibility of producing two types of ore from reduction kilns. The plant being studied had five reduction kilns and four smelting furnaces. The reduction kilns were used to heat the ore to approximately 1200 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce the moisture content and reduce the ore oxide. To produce the new ore

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