Business Objective

Collaborate with mining industry leaders and outside industries to leverage their experience and knowledge in developing and applying reliability best practices to a lean mining environment.

Project Description

The Reliability Working Group is an operator-focused group whose purpose is to provide a network and forum for reliability professionals in mining to exchange knowledge and share reliability and maintenance best practices.

The philosophy of the RWG is to share with related organizations and to leverage their experience and knowledge in applying a range of existing standards and best practices to a cost constrained mining environment. It is a collaborative model which aims to leverage practices and standards from other industry organizations through mutual participation.

Project objectives include:

  • Identify standards, practices and tools that result in superior reliability and maintenance performance.
  • Propose definitions for common reliability and maintenance terminology and KPIs.
  • Develop and share reliability best practices that align with mining operational needs.
  • Enable benchmarking of maintenance and reliability performance.
  • Further the professional and personal development of reliability professionals in the mining industry.

  

The Working Group also supports the mining industry through the ISO 55000x standards series. This sub-committee will enable collaboration with other reliability and asset management organizations beyond the mining sector.

The deliverables of the Working Group will be a series of best practices guidelines relating to reliability in mining.

Business Case

Over the years, the application of proven reliability concepts has contributed to safer, more productive and profitable operations across a range of industries from aerospace, manufacturing, oil and gas, power generation and others.

The adoption of reliability programs in mining has been slower due in part to the perception that unique and variable operating environments present barriers to the introduction of commonly used reliability concepts.

With industry stakeholders setting higher expectations for asset performance, interest in application of reliability systems and tools is rising. Organizations are challenged in understanding which practices provide the greatest value as well as how to successfully roll out, sustain, and measure the performance and effectiveness of their programs.

By delivering best practice guidelines for reliability in mining the RWG will enable organizations to improve asset reliability and increase equipment run-time resulting in increased production and reduced
operating costs.

Finally, asset and system reliability represents a key foundational element of autonomous mining systems.

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