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MINExpo 2016: Deswik launches new scheduling tool

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Deswik launched Deswik.OPS, its new operational shift planning and tracking tool at MINExpo 2016 in Las Vegas. Directly integrating with a variety of systems that maintain longer-term schedules, planned key performance indicators (KPIs) and production data, this new tool aims to help manage their daily operations.

MINExpo 2016: Deswik launches new scheduling tool

Deswik.OPS enables production planners to rapidly create detailed, activity-based shift plans directly from the less detailed shorter-term schedules. Longer-term schedules can also be imported to ensure the shift schedule remains on track with the organisation’s longer-term goals.

“With the increased focus on productivity and efficiency improvements in mining operations, Deswik.OPS offers a solution that enable mines to move away from spreadsheet-based shift planning and take advantage of integrating the various systems that capture data on a mine,” explained Adam White, Deswik Technical Director. “Deswik.OPS can turn that data into information that can be used to effectively manage the complex activities and interactions occurring in a shift.”

Throughout a shift, users can import from third-party systems or manually capture real-time production data and events, mapping them to the activities and resources. By providing a live view of how the shift plan is progressing, the work can be better managed, resulting in higher productivity. In order to deal with the continual change in an operational environment, dynamic updates to the shift schedule are also possible.

Designed to meet the daily requirements of short-term engineers, production engineers, shift bosses, control room personnel and site superintendents, this new web-based tool will provide a centralised, collaborative interface and have everyone working towards common goals.

Deswik.OPS has been implemented at two beta sites, one in Northern Europe and another in Western Australia. Deswik engineers have been working closely with the clients to ensure that the system was not only set up to meet their specific requirements, but also tested extensively in an operational environment.

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