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MINING SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS

Control every stage of the mining lifecycle with our erp applications

Increase forecast accuracy, reduce incidents, decrease cost per ton and improve facility uptime with dozens of customizable applications dedicated to your ERP system!

Our Solution:

01. Provide reliable data for the operational planning

The operational planning process is effective and provides reliable plans when it has access to detailed historical statistics and freshly updated information about ongoing operations. Novacura Flow helps gather this information by acting as a communication gateway between mining equipment and business systems. It can retrieve the data directly from machines (using OPC-UA, PLC or ABB 800xa). Novacura Flow also gathers current work statuses from all employees thanks to the Mobile Work Order application.

02. Improve planning with visual tools

Novacura Flow offers an advanced visual interface that can be used to improve the operational planning experience. The planning specialist can switch different charts (including Gantt, Kanban, and bucket chart). The solution can present plans from different perspectives – the machine, the person or the production site. And all these perspectives can be shown simultaneously to make planning very efficient.

Thanks to the connectivity with operational applications, plans can be then converted to work orders and synchronized with mobile applications used by operators.

03. Streamline mining operations

With the Novacura Flow solution for mining, every mine crew member can be connected to the solution thanks to the “Mobile work order” application. With this app, all users get their daily tasks with priorities. The application can provide them with further details (additional documentation attached to the task). The application can force a specific way of task execution by providing a performance checklist that needs to be completed by the team member before finalizing the task. The application collects status changes on the tasks and transmits them directly to managers who can then use them to plan operations. And it all works as well in offline mode.

04. Supervision supported by real-time-data

Thanks to the “Mobile work order” application and iIOT connectivity – Novacura Flow can gather tons of data about the performance of tasks and all unexpected situations (like downtime or damage).

This data can then be transferred into KPIs and presented on different charts using the Novacura Flow Portal. Employees can also see their individual goals and check their current performance in their mobile applications.

05. Control the weight on every stage

Because of Novacura Flow's ability to directly connect to the iIOT devices, the entire product journey through the mine can be precisely traced. Novacura Flow can use industrial scales and read the weight of the product at every stage (i.e before crushing and after). Our solution can then compare losses versus standard and alert the operator or supervisor if the loss exceeds an acceptable threshold. Thanks to it, the manager can identify the exact location of the loss and take measures to increase efficiency (reduce cost per ton).

06. Integrate the maintenance

In our solution, all areas of mining from planning, to logistics to maintenance operations are integrated. Thanks to that, maintenance operators get access to all the statistics gathered from the machines (like pressure, temperature, or km traveled by the truck). Directly in their application, they can start a new preventive maintenance action if any of the parameters warn them.

The maintenance tasks are visible in the mobile application dedicated to maintenance crews – they can see task details, asset documentation and report work statuses.

Moreover, all maintenance actions (planned or ad-hoc) can be included in the updated production plans via the planning module.

07. B2B Portals

Novacura Flow Portal is perfect for B2B Portals. This solution is perfect to manage the communication with mine customers and suppliers (maintenance subcontractors, laboratories etc.). The B2B portal can be used by 3rd parties to define new customer orders, confirm deliveries, present and approve financial settlements and handle invoices flow.

08. Safety & Compliance

Being compliant with regulations, especially in the safety area is crucial in mining. All the safety, quality, and environmental checklists can be managed within a specific mobile application. Inspection results are then stored in the database and can be printed if necessary.

The application can also manage employee certificate validity and automatically alert if a team member lost his entitlement to perform a complicated or dangerous task.

09. Strategical investments management

Our solution can support mines in strategic investment planning. Because all the modules of this solution are integrated – managers get access to all historical data – from asset utilization via maintenance history and ending with the drilling area efficiency and financial costs of operations. By combining all these dimensions managers can evaluate trends and take the right strategical decisions based on facts. For example, they can decide whether it is better to invest in new equipment and thus reduce maintenance costs that increase month by month.

Novacura Flow can also help plan and execute investment projects, supporting the budgeting phase, defining scope, reporting project progress, project finance analysis, supplier management and much more.

“With Novacura Flow we got the mobility capabilities and solution to retrieve data from different systems”

 

Martin Hjärtström 

Technical Development Manager Kaunis Iron

List of supported areas:

Below we summarize the list of areas supported by our package of mobile applications for mining companies:

01:

Operational planning

  • Gathering the data about real performance directly from the machines and from mobile work order applications
  • Visual planning using a multi-dimensional perspective
  • Integration between plans and work orders in mobile apps – task assignments based on the plan
  • Integration with laboratory – direct access to the attached analysis – mining operations are always drilling in the most cost-efficient area

02:

Mining operations / Enrichment / Laboratory

  • Mobile work orders for mine crew – access to task details, task performance checklists, task status reporting, time reporting
  • Crew management (task assignment, task progress monitoring, reported time verification, holidays scheduling, replacements)
  • Downtime reporting
  • Incident reporting
  • Precise production monitoring – from drilling to every enrichment stage
    Mobile app for the lab assistant to scan the drill-hole RFID and printout an analysis barcode

03:

Automation / Technology

  • Offline mode available for all mobile applications
  • Industrial IoT (IIoT) connectivity – Integration between machines and ERP using OPC/UA, PLC, ABB 800xa / Siemens standards – real performance & maintenance statistics processing
  • Computer Vision
  • Augmented Reality for remote support for maintenance operators

04:

Logistics

  • Monitoring of the entire material / product flow at each delivery point by integrating IoT industry scales / RFID
  • Mobile apps for truck drivers – GEO location monitoring – ability to track product stock at each location
  • KPI dashboards to analyze truck utilization (ton*km) / monitor material loss in logistics
  • Transportation planning based on operational plan and real amount of product on particular stages

05:

Maintenance & Asset management

  • Maintenance tasks planning – Integration with operational planning
  • Mobile Work orders for maintenance (preventive & reactive) (incl. asset documentation management, inspection checklists off-line mode support)
  • Tools management / Spare parts management
  • Automatic gathering stats from machines to determine preventive tasks (i.e. based on the ton-km for trucks)

06:

Safety & Compliance

  • Compliance audits planning
  • Audit execution on mobile devices with offline capabilities and checklists
  • Integration of Health, Safety & Quality instructions in all work processes (applications)
  • Safety incident management
  • Safety certificates management/ access privileges checking
  • Safety reporting & analysis
  • Printable documentation management

07:

Operational supervision / Strategical management

  • KPI Dashboards / Portals – presented information based on the data gathered in a real-time
  • Team target boards
  • Operational effectiveness analysis (cost per ton, material losses on every stage, drilling area effectiveness etc.)
  • Maintenance effectiveness analysis (MTW, MTTR, maintenance costs, MTBM)
  • Asset utilization analysis (downtime, ton*km, defects)
  • Safety events monitoring

08:

Contractor management

  • B2B portal for customers – formal communication with the customers inside one portal solution
  • Features: demand confirmation, customer order processing, deliveries confirmation, financial settlements and more
  • B2B portal for maintenance & laboratory subcontractors
  • Features: task assignments, performance reporting, financial settlements, maintenance stats accessing and more

09:

Strategical management

  • Strategical analysis support – access to the historical data, trends analysis
  • Strategical projects planning – ROI analysis
  • Strategical project planning – scope, financials, resources, suppliers, schedule etc.
  • Strategical projects execution – progress supervision, cost tracking and suppliers management

Our Software Platform:

Interface optimized for heavy industries

Our applications run on a sophisticated software platform – Novacura Flow. One of the key foundations of this platform is to run on every device – from barcode scanners, via mobile phones and tablets, to desktop workstations equipped with large screens.

But we are not just another SaaS software that offers that. We have optimized our user interface for users that operate in harsh conditions. I.e. – our applications can run in the field without any internet connection using a specific offline mode.

Ready for changes thanks to its low-code core!

Every company is different from the other. You might have specific processes and require unique features and we are ready for that! We created our applications for mining based on the low-code platform.

Our applications are not hard-coded so our customers can modify them or clone them and create variants. And they can build their own applications. And thanks to the low-code engine they can create apps by drawing them like they draw a business process.

Integration with ERP. Deep integration!

Our low-code platform Novacura Flow and industry applications can play a vital role in the mining company. But we are not forgetting about the ERP!

We treat the ERP system as a primary system – all master data, operations and reported information is stored there. And everything that users do in Novacura is immediately visible in the ERP! This is possible because our platform has specialized online connectors to ERP systems. You can think of Novacura Flow as an alternative, mobile and efficient user interface for your ERP.  Thus, you can easily adopt Novacura Flow without changing surrounding processes which can still run in your ERP!

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