Mining is a large industry sector accounting for a total of 13,294 mining operations in the United States alone (The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2015). The mining sector is represented by four types of mining operations: surface, underground, dredge and artisanal, which all require different infrastructures, equipment and operations. Beyond these differences, mining companies are further differentiated by commodity types as noted by the following breakdown of mines: 1,460 coal, 315 metal, 924 non-metal, 4,303 stone, and 6,292 sand & gravel mines.
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During the past three decades, company operations management has greatly evolved. Fluctuating economic conditions, increased market place competition and a move toward computer technology are largely responsible for companies across all sectors adopting a “smarter” operations approach. In order to remain profitable and competitive, companies recognize the need for increased business efficiency through resource, material and time savings. A key aspect of effective operations management is efficient work order management. The following are ten tips for improving that process:
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Monday, December 4, 2017
The way companies conduct business has changed dramatically over recent years. Computer technology is largely responsible for increased business efficiency regarding resource, material and timing savings. In the late 1970’s, spreadsheet software emerged and was considered a monumental improvement over traditional pencil and paper approach to accounting and inventory management. However, overtime these software packages have had difficulty keeping pace with the continued evolution of new technologies that have not only changed facility management and production processes but also transformed how companies communicate with and deliver its products and services to end users. Given these factors and how they specifically relate to facility management, it is not surprising that a growing number of companies across industry sectors are rethinking their use of spreadsheets and are turning toward Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) systems; highly sophisticated software packages which at any given time, can provide a user an overview of a facility’s operation or they can provide the status of an individual piece of equipment.
Friday, December 1, 2017
More facilities departments are either implementing or researching CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Systems because they realize the cost saving benefits these systems deliver. What’s more new web-based subscription platforms have lower start up costs, are easier to use, require less maintenance from business’s IT staff, and offer better support.