Operating Plans and Procedures
A site-based management plan can be prepared to cover the operations of your facilities. Sedgman’s Operations Management Plans can be mapped against and customised to your requirements. The management plan can ensure safety, accountability, production, and quality targets are established, achieved, and then maintained or exceeded.
The operating procedures that can be developed include:
- Ore feed preparation
- Crushing and screening operations
- High Pressure Grinding Roll (HPGR) operations
- Carbon-in-leach operations
- Ore Milling
- Materials Pumping
- Dense medium processes
- Ore Flotation
- Thickening operations
- Reagent preparation
- Reagent dosing
- Dewatering operations
- Electrowinning processes
- Start up and shutdown procedures
- Isolation procedures
- Process monitoring procedures
- Sampling, analyses, metallurgical accounting, and record keeping
- Change management procedures.
Maintenance Plans and Schedules
Sedgman values exceptional maintenance performance and advocates that consistent and effective maintenance performance is a precursor to both excellent production and safety performance outcomes.
To deliver industry-leading plant productivity, embedding effective and efficient maintenance systems is essential.
An appropriate maintenance strategy for the client’s minerals processing facility can be developed from first principles to maximise plant operating hours.
The development of the maintenance system includes the establishment of bill of materials (BOMs) by equipment, registers, tools, and equipment required on site.
The following forms part of the maintenance plan development:
- Asset structure establishment
- Data capture - OEM manuals/drawings
- Parts catalogue development
- BOM development
- Preventative maintenance schedule development
- Equipment Isolation requirements
- Critical and strategic spares schedule - maintenance spares schedule
- Facility consumables schedule
- Lubrication schedules
- Condition monitoring schedules
Sampling and Analysis Regimes
Poorly designed sampling protocols can result in elevated project risk by increasing variability and result in financial losses.
Sample collection, preparation and assay or test work protocols that are optimised to suit the operation feed type, can be developed by our team of metallurgists in Vancouver, Perth, and Brisbane.
Sedgman can also assist with metallurgical accounting for the operation.
Logistics & Procurement Supply Chain
The logistics supply chain for critical items needs to be fully understood and developed for your minerals processing project. These items can include:
- Process consumables such as reagents
- Maintenance consumables - spares and parts
- Strategic and critical spares
- Operational/maintenance tooling and equipment
- Support services supply contracts for goods and services
- Development of a site asset register
- Uploading of all key information into a mine maintenance management system.
Sedgman has developed an operations specific spares assessment tool which defines what and how many items are required to be held on site, by a local supplier, by the original equipment manufacturer or other requirements to ensure that the Operation is able to run at the required availability.
It is critical that the actual location of parts and material are established, procurement and supply costs developed, the realistic delivery time to site determined and evaluated, and any delivery constraints are factored to ensure appropriate site holding requirements are maintained.
Supply chain management can involve:
- Vendor identification and pre-qualifications
- Vendor set-up
- Establishing supply agreements and arrangements.
HSEC Management Plans and Procedures
Sedgman possesses extensive experience with operation and maintenance of processing facilities. In-house developed operational safety systems and training material has been developed to provide operational teams with the appropriate skills to safely operate minerals processing facilities.
A core operational belief is that the production performance and safety performance of an operation share mutual success drivers. Our experience has shown that operations that consistently exhibit exceptional safety outcomes also tend to deliver exceptional levels of productivity.
Sedgman can develop a HSEC Management Plan tailored to suit our client’s needs on a specific operation.
Training Module Development and On-Site Training
Sedgman’s commitment to operator training is a key factor in achieving high levels of operational performance. Training is focused on the basic core competencies associated with facility operation and is tailored to each employee’s skills, demonstrated capabilities and training requirements. Basic classroom theoretical training is supplemented by practical training in the field. Training documentation and assessments are compiled to industry recognised training competency standards.
The training modules can be developed to tailor the mineral processing facility’s requirements and needs and includes safety training, plant orientation, and formative assessment. Sedgman can develop all training packages complete with assessment tools, training material, and supporting documentation. This tool can also assist planning by tracking completion of training requirements.
All training material developed includes training documentation that can be communicated by written and visual means with practical and written assessments.
Training manuals can include modules such as:
- Plant objectives and requirements
- Ore properties and utilisation
- Control system interface
- Individual circuits
Training is focused on the basic core competencies associated with facility operation and is tailored to each employee’s skills, demonstrated capabilities and training requirements. Basic classroom theoretical training is supplemented by practical training in the field. Training documentation and assessments are compiled to the relevant Training Competency standards.