Over the years, we have noticed some surprising benefits when the organisation focuses on maximising flow through the bottleneck and aligning upstream and downstream departments to ensure it never starves or blocks. The obvious advantage is that output increases which delivers increased profit and decreased cost per ton.
However, as shown in the image below, the increase in output is accompanied by improved production stability. In combination, improved stability at higher output ensures:
Confidence that production will meet monthly operational targets
Freeing up of managerial time and attention
Improved safety performance
Increased shelf life of the mine plan
Enhanced collaboration between planning and operations
Better planning and more effective allocation of resources
In summary: When we apply TOC we automatically reduce the variability in production flow and mining executives gain peace of mind while delivering superior operational results.