“Deliver value, change the culture along the way.”

Since process improvement methods like Six Sigma and Lean originated in the manufacturing industry, it might seem odd to apply those methods to your mining operations. However, top companies like BHP Biliton, GoldCorp, Barrick and Rio Tinto have achieved huge savings by doing just that.

How? A few of the projects with which I myself have been involved: augmenting life of tires on haul trucks, standardizing and organizing blast inventories, improving blast efficiencies, analyzing ore throughput, optimizing leach pad parameters to improve recovery.

We did it using the same principles that Lean manufacturing companies have used for years to remove waste, engage their employees’ know-how, and identify and capture opportunities for improvement. You know your business and your mining processes; I know the tools that can help you shape that knowledge into significant savings and an improved working environment.

As a former Continuous Improvement Coach for one of the largest companies in the world, I have a proven track record of training and mentoring Mining Maintenances Mechanics, Technicians, Mining Engineers and Mining Admin/Support staff to use problem-solving tools and think Lean – and uncovered millions of dollars in value creation opportunities.

We both know there’s no such thing as a silver bullet. When adopting any improvement program it’s important to have someone who has experience beyond the buzzwords, and the ability to pick the right tool, not just following a rulebook. Because I have been there, and because my clients’ success is my success too, I will set you up to succeed with a detailed, realistic Improvement Plan.

Kicking off a new improvement initiative can be daunting and the fact is that significant improvement does not happen overnight. However there are nearly always quick wins (or low-hanging fruit) that can give you a return on your investment very quickly.

So no matter whether you are skeptical about improvement programs or already successfully using Lean and Six Sigma process improvement strategies in your business, I would be happy to help you identify your best improvement opportunities, and develop a strategy to capture them.

Give me a call today so I can hear more about how I can help you improve your mining operations – from the ground up!

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