RPMGlobal integrates mine scheduling with planning

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RPMGlobal has enhanced its mine scheduling software XECUTE with upgrades to increase optimisation across the mining value chain.

XECUTE, which operates across iron ore, coal, oil sands, manganese, gold and copper mines, connects planning with other departments within a mining operation.

This short-term scheduling solution has seen a significant uptick in adoption in the past 18 months due to the Product Optimiser functionality.

Product Optimiser determines the optimal way to process, blend and stockpile products to maximise value from what is about to be mined.

The latest XECUTE release includes upgraded optimiser functionality providing further enhancements when integrated as part of the short-term schedule.

Planners can make adjustments to operations and see their impact to production as well as the downstream value chain.

Not only can they make decisions based on planning decisions’ impact on production in the next shift, but also on processing, transport and shipping.

RPM chief technology officer Paul Beesley said XECUTE’s rapidly growing customer base was helping to expedite product functionality.

“The increasing sophistication of XECUTE’s functionality means XECUTE is now capable of going beyond simply planning extraction from the pit. It can now provide optimisation across the entire value chain,” he said.

“With the ability to incorporate processing facilities, transportation and shipments into an XECUTE schedule, the value the robust solution brings to the pit-to-port capability is significantly bolstered.”

On top of the Product Optimiser enhancements, other key areas of upgrades also include user-friendly interface and computer-aided design (CAD) functionality.

RPM has enhanced the speed and usability within XECUTE, including an 80 per cent improvement in geology and reserving processing speed.

XECUTE mobile improvements also enable users to have integrated data feeds from the pit being used in a mobile application to quickly compare the short-term plan to the actual production.

This gives planners and supervisors a plan compliance tool while they are on the move.

“Our innovative software connects systems with information, and when it comes to connecting short-term planning with the rest of the mining operation in our view there is no other product on the market as sophisticated or advanced as XECUTE,” Beesley concluded.

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