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
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