Simulation as a tool for quantifying design parameters for material handling systems.

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 91, No. 1022, 1998

D. Cieplinski and D.W. Ginsberg, H.A. Simons Ltd. - Mining Group

The lifetime cost of a material handling system, or any mine system, can be reduced through the application of quality engineering. Dynamic simulation is a powerful tool that can be used to enhance the experience and ingenuity of the design team. It cannot only de-bottleneck the system to improve system productivity, but also define critical design criteria to eliminate over-design and reduce capital cost. Eliminating over-design also reduces operating costs by lowering component replacement costs and by ensuring all parts of the system operate at a higher utilization and efficiency.