Most mines can significantly improve their productivity

Most workplaces have significant latent capacity that can be released by improving the coordination of frontline work.

Typical spreadsheet and whiteboard frontline management systems make it very hard for teams to get organized each shift, resulting in unnecessary delays and operating waste at the face. This leads to missed targets, poor schedule compliance and unfulfilled commitments.

It doesn’t need to be this way…

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Download our Case Study – Gold Mine Turnaround
Watch a webinar recording – Getting Organised for Safety & Productivity

Three steps to improving productivity

In our experience, there are three key steps, that should be taken in order, to help an operation meet it’s potential.

  1. Get control to eliminate variability
  2. Optimize processes
  3. Increase capacity with capital projects

The first serious leap in productivity should come from eliminating day-to-day variability by ensuring that frontline teams have a well thought out plan to execute each shift. This creates rapid, sustainable improvements in productivity, cost and safety.

Our system sustainably delivers these results by seamlessly connecting “the plan” with the work done by the frontline team so that they have everything they need to deliver results, every shift.

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1. Get control to eliminate variability
2. Optimise processes
3. Increase capacity with capital projects

Bring your team together

Eliminating the time lost through the hour-by-hour challenges of coordinating a large number of people, machines, and activities in a complex, ever-changing mining environment requires a high level of connection, collaboration and short interval control.

Our solutions enable your team to optimally balance people, equipment and resources for maximum uptime.

This unifies the frontline teams, creating a high-performance workforce that delivers more reliable and higher productivity work.

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Fast to Implement

Sites are typically up and running with our software in 3-4 weeks due to:

  • The easy, remote installation process and built-in training.
  • Our robust, fully integrated implementation process.
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use software that minimizes adoption time.
  • Ongoing support and regular new features.

This means the software is typically delivering value for the site in less than a month after we kick off the project.

Download our White Paper – Rigorous, Rapid and Effective Implementation

Fast Payback

Sites typically achieve payback in a few short weeks after implementation, due to significant improvements in:

  • Production (+20%) and
  • Cost per tonne (-17%)

These gains are sustained over many years because our digital frontline productivity system is built on a foundation of usability and connectivity (not complex and hard to sustain spreadsheet and whiteboard-based tools).

Download our White Paper – Connecting Teams Without Disruption

Commitment Precedes Performance

There are two world views about frontline shift workers. One is that they are fundamentally self-interested and therefore need to be controlled and kept in line with extrinsic motivators – sticks and carrots. The second is that they are fundamentally good-willed and that their core intrinsic motivation is to do a great job and to go home safe and satisfied.

We believe in the latter.

We believe that the vast majority of frontline workers want to commit – they want to do a good job BUT they are thwarted by the complex array of spreadsheet and whiteboard systems that surround them.

When day after day shift plans don’t match the reality crews find at the coal face, the machinery they need isn’t available or the prerequisite work they thought would be done, isn’t done it is almost impossible to keep frontline teams motivated, productive and safe. These kinds of systems are  ‘Apathy Systems’ that make frontline workers feel cynical toward their leadership and indifferent toward their work.

On the other hand, when expectations are clearly communicated and agreed through effective coordination and respectful negotiation, frontline teams can commit and be confident of running a safe and productive shift.

We have been helping operations to create this commitment and in the process seeing them get astounding results from the same people and equipment they thought were the problem before.

Our systems make this kind of frontline commitment possible by providing all the information required for collaborative decision-making, to the right people, at the right time so that crews go to work with a well thought out plan each and every shift.

This reduces performance variability, improves productivity and helps people go home safely every day.

Andy Greig (Former President of the Bechtel Mining and Metals Global Business Unit) explains why it is important to express our expectations and negotiate commitment from those we work with.

What people say about us

Andy GreigFormer President of Mining & Metals Business, Bechtel

Fewzion takes planning down to the detail level for the supervisor and it’s completely different to anything that exists in the mining or construction industry, so it’s going to be completely disruptive.

Mark FranklinManaging Director, First Principles Consulting

Of all the various bits of software that can be introduced to the workforce, I would suggest Fewzion is amongst the most disruptive and with the highest impact potential.

Dolf WirthBusiness Improvement Leader Consultant

Having implemented many systems including Oracle and a $200 mil SAP program, as well as bespoke systems, I can say that the Fewzion system is one of the best I have seen for driving results – easy to use and a fraction of the price.

Glen BrittonHead of Underground Coal Operations, Anglo American

Fewzion is the backbone of our operations and played it's part in us achieving a record year in 2017.

Alan WillisRio Tinto

When the site is using Fewzion correctly, it is a great tool making everyone aware of planned work. It is also not a difficult product to use.

Justice NyandeniAnglo American

Using the system I have found better results in terms of planning which resulted to good production performance.

Sean McCarthySuperintendent Engineering, Barrick Hemlo

The project had an immediate impact on underground production, especially production drilling. There were many examples during the first couple of weeks where the control room supervisor was able to identify an emerging issue and redeploy resources to minimize the impact on production. Pre Fewzion any one of these issues would have cost the mine half a shift of procudtion from 2 or 3 pieces of equipment.

Matt JurakDevelopment Superintendent, Glencore

We've increased meters by about 30% and are now hitting budget for the first time, we're just a lot more organized than we were.

Scott DobbieProduction Manager

The key is that everyone can see 'plan vs actual' all over the site so there's no hiding.

Alisha BaxFormer Continuous Improvement Manager

The transition from an Excel-based macro enabled spreadsheet to Fewzion was a revolution, by replacing large numbers of spreadsheets and whiteboards it provides full transparency to any level within the organisation.

Marcus Lindahgumede

Fewzion makes planning and scheduling much easier and enables work required to be brought together under one platform.

Download our case studies and white papers

Case Study – Rio Tinto’s Kestrel Mine: 51% Increase in Production
Case Study – Gold Mine Turnaround: 35% Increase in Gold Production
White Paper – Influencing Behaviour Change: Why a Software-driven Planning System Beats Spreadsheets
White Paper – Planned Work Is Safe Work: Eliminating Risks In Mining Operations

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