Volume 5, Issue 2
Published: March 10, 2017
All the small things

Often it is the small things that matter, especially when it comes to critical operations and de-bottlenecking. Tasmania Mines (TMM) is a public company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. It is involved in the mining, crushing and concentration of scheelite and magnetite from the Kara Mine in Tasmania. Scheelite is sold to customers in Europe who use it in the production of specialty steel and also to the US where it is used in the lighting industry. The magnetite is sold to the Australian coal industry where it is used as a dense medium to wash coal.

Many mine sites are under pressure to keep costs low. "The biggest challenges that mine sites face in their daily operations is keeping the labour cost low with maximised availability. The resources are often limited, so there is no room for surprises. Reliability really is the key. The gradual change towards more automated operations and solutions can bring more advantages," states Martti Lahtinen, managing director of Australian operations at Flowrox.

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