Developing a profitable mining venture is no small matter.
It requires enormous initial investments in research, construction, and
equipment. But a mineral processing plant does not run itself. Even with the
best equipment and good ore quality, optimal results are dependent upon keeping
the process running smoothly, avoiding process upsets, maintaining process
variables in the desired range, and minimizing breakdowns and downtime. A
highly trained workforce is an essential element in a successful, and
The knowledge and abilities of plant operators and
maintenance personnel can make or break an operation. Trained operators know
what to look for during preoperational and routine inspections, allowing
maintenance tasks to be planned and unexpected costly breakdowns avoided.
Trained operators know what variables exist at different stages in the process and
how to make appropriate adjustments in real time. Trained maintenance personnel
are well acquainted with the plant equipment, and maintenance planners can
schedule work and maintain a spare parts inventory to minimize downtime.
Additionally, new operations that train their workforce just
prior to plant commissioning can utilize their operators in the commissioning
process. Having been trained and gained field experience through plant commissioning,
operators are ready to hit the ground running once feed is introduced. A faster
ramp-up means more earnings, more quickly.
The cost of developing a proper training program is a small
percentage of the overall engineering, procurement, and construction budget but
it constitutes a large percentage of the gains realized from a successful
start-up and ramp-up to full production.
Performance Associates International (PAI) has designed and
presented custom training programs for operators and maintenance personnel in
metallurgical plants around the world for over 35 years. We are proud to have
been part of the successful start-ups at Lundin Mining’s Eagle Mine, Vale’s
Voisey’s Bay project, and Torex Gold’s El Limon-Guajes project.
Click Download to view the actual vs. projected start-up
results from these three metallurgical plants that made use of PAI’s
custom-built training programs and on-site training.
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