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RPMGlobal release comprehensive upgrades to its advanced mining software

17th September 2021

RPMGlobal (RPM) has released comprehensive upgrades to its advanced mine scheduling software, XECUTE, underpinning increased optimisation across the entire mining value chain.

XECUTE is the company’s short-term scheduling solution that enables miners to maximise value by using intelligent integration to connect planning with other departments within a mining operation.

RPM has experienced a significant uptick in the adoption of XECUTE in the past 18 months, with the solution now operational across iron ore, coal, oil sands, manganese, gold, and copper mines. One of the major reasons for this adoption is the unique Product Optimiser functionality which continues to deliver a key planning advantage to users. This determines the optimal way to process, blend and stockpile products to maximise value from what is about to be mined. The latest XECUTE release includes upgraded optimiser functionality providing further enhancements when integrated as part of the short-term schedule.

“XECUTE’s rapidly growing customer base was helping to expedite and expand product functionality,” Paul Beesley, Chief Technology Officer at RPM, said. “The increasing sophistication of XECUTE’s functionality means XECUTE is now capable of going beyond simply planning extraction from the pit. It can now provide optimisation across the entire value chain.”

The software provides planners with a set of tools that allow users to make dynamic adjustments to mining operations and visualise the impact of these adjustments to mine production as well as the entire downstream value chain. This means that a planner can make decisions based on the impact of planning decisions on not just production in the next shift but also alignment to longer term plans on processing, transport, and shipping.

The company’s coal customers will support the introduction of the coal wash plant features in the software. This functionality allows the planner to schedule the whole way through the plant rather than stopping at the run of mine. This becomes particularly valuable in a multi-product operation and is currently being implemented at one of the world's most sophisticated coal blending and processing operations.

XECUTE’s innovative architecture means that real-time data is made available through any connected source. By enabling users to have a better understanding of the economic value produced from a commodity, miners are better placed to make decisions about crucial impacts that are generally outside their control.

On top of the Product Optimiser enhancements, other key areas of focus include the software’s User Interface and CAD functionality. Unlike many other linear programming engines, XECUTE has a highly intuitive, user-friendly interface that allows planners to spend more time analysing results, instead of learning how to program the inputs. There are also significant enhancements to speed and usability within this upgrade, including an 80 per cent improvement in geology and reserving processing speed.

Mobile improvements also enable users to have integrated data feeds from the pit being used in a mobile application to quickly compare the short-term plan to the actual production. This gives planners and supervisors a plan compliance tool while they are on the move. Information such as drill holes, bucket positions and machine positions are fed straight to the mobile user.

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