The development of the world often starts with what is found in the earth. Iron ore, coal, copper, rock salt and more are unearthed by mining companies and used to build skylines, facilitate transportation and power society. Mining operations, however, are made complex by the balance of operations between three main network components: mine, rail and port. In order to meet the high demand for their products, mining companies have to run their rail operations 24/7 while avoiding delays and accommodating maintenance needs.
Advanced planning and scheduling software is needed to consider the wide range of factors that affect a mining company′s operations. The more detail that mining companies have about their networks and assets, the better they can plan for operations and maintenance activities. If all of these factors are not accounted for, a plan will not be thorough enough to maximize savings. And with needs changing from day to day, mining companies need systems responsive enough to handle their challenges.