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15 Ways Sap for Mining Can Help Your Company

 

When it comes to your information and decision-making processes, SAP for Mining solutions can enable your company to respond to changes in the global market. Incorporating a flexible software solution can allow your company to manage resources, supply chains, operations and sustain corporate relations both efficiently and effectively.

 

Here are just a few ways that you can manage your company via SAP for Mining solutions:

 

1) Supply and demand planning –You can create a forecast of market demand for your company’s products. Forecasts can be based on customer contracts, planned sales orders, and other demands, such as inter-company orders.

 

2) Transportation scheduling –Helps you plan and schedule the movement of products from the pit to the customer. To schedule transportation, you can access inventory positions across the entire supply chain and communicate with third-party carriers. You can also schedule different modes of transport, such as rail or marine shipments, and use different commercial trade terms, such as FOB, DDU, and CIF.

 

3) Transportation execution – You can manage the physical delivery of bulk products to customers. The solutions give you full visibility of rolling stock and automatically updated inventory positions.

 

4) Supply and demand planning – You can create a forecast of market demand for your company’s products. Forecasts can be based on customer contracts, planned sales orders, and other demands, such as inter-company orders.

 

5) Transportation scheduling Helps you plan and schedule the movement of products from the pit to the customer. To schedule transportation, you can access inventory positions across the entire supply chain and communicate with third-party carriers. You can also schedule different modes of transport, such as rail or marine shipments, and use different commercial trade terms, such as FOB, DDU, and CIF.

 

6) Transportation execution – You can manage the physical delivery of bulk products to customers. The solutions give you full visibility of rolling stock and automatically updated inventory positions.

 

7) Commodity contract management – You can create and manage long-term contracts, including call-offs against these contracts. You can also process quotations, contracts, and sales orders.

 

8) Assay handling and invoicing –Enables you to take assays to determine the quality characteristics of the product, calculate product price, and create a provisional invoice. The solutions also help you reach agreement with your customer about the quality of the product delivered and create a differential invoice for the remaining amount.

 

9) Mine planning – Using third-party systems, you can develop plans that contain information about blocks to be mined, expected ore grades, and optimal mining sequence. You can use the results of this planning process (tonnages and grades) in production planning.

 

10) Production planning –You can define production targets based on input from the mine plan, taking capacity and material constraints into consideration.

 

11) Production execution and control – Following production planning, SAP for Mining enables you to capture the actual production (tonnages and grade), as well as costs, in production orders. You can also integrate the production order with data historians and real-time systems.

 

12) Quality assurance –You can manage and assure product quality while monitoring and documenting compliance with quality standards for subsequent audits. SAP solutions enable you to track product quality throughout the entire production processand along the supply chain.

 

13) Safety and incident management –You can take preventive actions to protect your employees’ health while ensuring compliance with national and international regulations. You can identify, assess, evaluate, and control employee exposure to agents in the workplace that can cause injury or illness.

 

14) Capital investment management – You can develop and construct new mines and processing plants – often highly capital-intensive projects. You can plan and supervise projects, phase in equipment, handle project accounting activities, and manage investments required for such projects.

 

15) Preventive and breakdown maintenance management –You can use cost-efficient maintenance methods, such as risk-based maintenance or preventive maintenance, and manage work orders. You can also develop comprehensive outage plans, refurbish equipment, and manage shutdowns.

 

Resources: “SAP For Mining: A Foundation For Sustained Profitability” Article: <http://www.sap.com/industries/mining/index.epx>

 

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