Remote Grinding Support- What It Is And Why You Would Need It

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Remote Grinding Support- What It Is And Why You Would Need It

You may be reading “RGS” and wondering what it is and why, as a metallurgist, you would need it?

The “Remote Grinding Support” (or RGS for short) which OMC offers, is a powerful tool used by some of the biggest and most influential miners in the industry.  It facilitates continuous improvement of your operation, training for your personnel and an auditable record of progress.

The next logical question is: what would such a useful and powerful tool add to your operation?

The simple answer is that by using the RGS service, you not only add one skilled metallurgist, but a whole team of industry leading metallurgist specialists to evaluate your operation and circuit data to provide relevant guidance that will result in tangible improvements. Furthermore, as professionals we have obligations to continually improve our operations while doing so in an unbiased manner. What better way to achieve this than by obtaining an external peer reviewer, who has no hidden agenda or alternative motives, but solely focuses on the process at hand and how best to improve your operation. The result, an honest review of the actual plant performance with viable technical solutions to identified opportunities (and potential problems that may arise in the future).

At this stage you may be wondering, how the process works and how it is constructed?

The process is started by gaining an understanding of your circuit configuration and unique operational requirements. From here the operational data is analysed in a holistic manner, to not only find general operational trends, but hidden relationships that may not be as transparent. This data feeds into specifically constructed circuit mass balances and reporting sheets which gives a condensed overview of the circuit performance and highlights problem areas with recommended changes. (These summaries work great for management reports and executive committee presentations highlighting processing improvements).

Typically, the data that is evaluated includes comparing the actual throughput rate and mill power consumption to the final grind achieved and variability of key operating parameters such as power draw, mill weight and mill speed. The only real limitation is finding a suitable evaluation that will add value to the operation, as every operation is slightly different.

From here an RGS reporting schedule is determined to best suit your unique operational requirements. Depending on the severity of the issues encountered, the initial evaluation may be as frequent as once per week to ensure that changes are made which will have the highest impact to the operation. Once circuit stability and control is achieved, the evaluation and reporting interval is typically extended to a frequency of once per month.

Still not convinced?

Our latest satisfied operations manager has seen a drastic improvement in the overall circuit stability with corresponding improvements in overflow and spillage events directly attributed to circuit fluctuations and crash stops.

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The question now is why would you not optimise your operation by a team of experts? Contact Orway Mineral Consultants today to see drastic improvements to your operations too.