Analyser Performance Management

Clients with significant investment in Scantech analysers expect their equipments to provide operational benefits through the availability of real time data on the quality of conveyed flows. The elemental analysis data is used in daily reporting for process control operations and availability and reliability of analysers is an important factor in the successful performance of the processing operations.

There is a clear need to optimise analyser performance and availability and clients with high number of analysers now have an opportunity to have a dedicated, centrally located person to co-ordinate analyser management by outsourcing the analyser management responsibilities to Scantech.

Responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

1. Planning and scheduling activities related to:

  • Analyser Calibration, including sampling
  • Maintenance
  • Source top-ups

2. Liaise with Scantech and site personnel, including contractors

3. Co-ordinating Scantech Service Engineer activities with site activities

4. Develop KPIs for analyser performance and availability

5. Regular KPI (analyser performance and availability) reporting

6. Follow up and rectify performance and availability exceptions

7. Train in-house personnel in critical tasks such as dynamic sampling procedures (performance) and analyser status checks (availability)

Summarising, the principal goal of the program is to optimise analyser performance and availability.

To learn more about Scantech’s Analyser Performance Manager program please contact us at service@scantech.com.au

"When commodity prices were strong and rising, mining companies could afford minor inefficiencies in their plants. That is rarely the case in these days of lower-grade deposits, lower metal prices and economic pressure from every direction. “We have to do better with lower costs,” said Philip Thwaites, manager of process control for XPS Consulting & Testwork Services. “If you’re not efficient, you’re not going to be around. And our industry can be a lot more efficient.” According to Thwaites, measurement is the cornerstone of control and efficiency. “If you have a poor measurement, or no measurement, you can’t do good control,” he explained. But this is changing. More and more mining companies are conscious of improved measurements and endorsing control, automation and next-generation technologies. What is more, there has been significant progress in automated instruments recently. These measure crucial parameters in the processing circuit and equipment to allow operators to monitor and adjust process control as needed."

Alexandra Lopez-Pacheco, CIM, October 2015