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imilating into all areas of the opera- systems. times the average hourly wage of a mining
tion. This is a holistic approach, rather Nixon Tshiloane, logistics superinten- engineer. When this is combined with
than each separate system having to be dent of Assmang Chrome in Dwarsrivier, the depreciation in capital investment of
implemented and managed separately by had this to say about the viability of access software, it becomes clear that a company
different service providers. This way, each to information: “Because of our MES, may never get a return on its software
module can be tailored to fit the compet- data information that’s logged in the lab, investment. So, just how is it meant to stay
itive ever-changing mining environment is now available immediately to those with ahead in touch with current trends?
driven by fewer service providers. the necessary authorisation in other areas “The answer”, GC2 says, “is simple”.
Systems that are implemented need of the mine. There’s no waste of time or A month-to-month leasing of regularly
to be able to provide accurate, continuous paperwork in accessing this information. updated software, with a consultancy of
and uninterrupted data that’s available It’s also important that we have a history service providers working in partnership
in real-time from the system. They need of all previous work that’s being done and in a consolidated manner. Should the
to integrate seamlessly into supervisory by whom.” company decide that it no longer needs
control and data acquisition, or Scada, Complex systems require expensive the system, or feel that the consultancy is
and enterprise resources planning (ERP) consultants, who are often paid up to ten not maintaining performance standards by

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