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Hello! Could you please write a 2 paragraph (5-6 sentences each paragraph) summary of the below article? In the summary, if you could please describe the article in detail. Please have completed in 24 hours if possible.

GREGATE Find the Pin 1 Haul trucks Eliminating Bottlenecks in one operation where the loader operator learned to load better, the loading stage improved by more er you call them or pinch points, when you elimi- nate the obstacles that slow your than 125 tons per ho production, youre not just fixing Ifan operation wants to in- problems and increasing your ca- crease production from 1 million pacity. You also are setting the best tons per year to 3 million tons per possible stage to ensure that future year, it will need to purchase new expansions are as problem-free as equipment. If the same opera- possible in order to meet goals. tion only looked at eliminating its Bottlenecks can occur from the beginning of the process- with equipment loading shotrock all the way through to load out and ticketing at the scale house. When one haul truck has to wait for another to finish loading at the face Lean production-or elimi- bottlenecks, it could easily increase it creates a pinch point that slows the entire nating bottlenecks-is invaluable production from 1 million tons perplant flow. Equipment efficiency, haul road from several perspectives, says year to 1.4 million tons per year, Todd Creasy, principal at Hender- Creasy says sonville, Tenn.-based Bridgepoint According to Tom House, divi- LLC. It helps from a managerial sion production manager for H perspective, a productivity per- dersonville, Tenn.-based Rogers spective, and an equipment-wear Group, when he began to address conditions, and driverloperator behavior all might lie behind operation bottlenecks 4 Always measure bottlenecks at the six operations under his charge, it was an eye- Creasy notes that bottlenecks also are not always caused by slow- or under-performing equipment. He says that adjusting operator habits or small behavioral patterns can make a tremendous differ- ence in an operations bottom line when even the smallest production increases are extrapolated over the course of the year opening experience for him. Ive been crushing rock for 30 he says. And I never stopped to think about why we might not be getting better production. You get into a mindset that as long as rock is coming off the conveyors, the plant is running well. By breaking down the process at each plant into separate phases, In golf, the difference be tween the top and bottom players House was able to increase pro- is about two to three putts per duction on most of his plants by game, he says. Similarly, in ag- at least 100 tons per hour-with gregates, its the little things that very little capital investment. make a difference. For example, You have to look at the capacity If you cant when loading shotrock at the face, of each component, House says, if the loader operator approaches and if youre not getting capac both the pile and the haul truck on ity, you have to ask yourself why. production numbers and help to locate bottleneck an angle, rather than head-on, the House also found that earlier bucket will scoop easier, and the phases in the flow that seemed to crushing stages to ensure production matches method reduces cycle times. Its have been solved often had to be those projected by the crusher manufacturer(s). better on the equipment and youre revisited to completely adjust the Accurate measures also help to manage decreasing the number of loadsplant. But the effort was worth it per cycle, Creasy says, adding that every time, he adds. measure your true production, you cant manage it, either. Belt scales provide the best method for determining your actual areas. Place belt scales on conveyors after all stockpile inventories for sales purposes. AGGREGATES MANAGER

IONS ILLUSTRATED ch Points to Increase Production 2 Loading at the face 3 Run at capacity The angles at which the loader operator pproaches the pile and the haul truck also ect production rates. While articulated loaders nefit from better flexibility, its best for all der operators to approach both the pile and Operators sometimes will unconsciously create bottlenecks by running below capacity to avoid digging out a crusher or conveyor belt. Always choke feed cones to ensure best production and product quality. Dont assume that because truck on an angle to improve cycle times.product is coming off of the conveyors, the plant weaking a method is a small fix to the process. is running at capacity. Use cameras or sonar to costs nothing, but the increased return in tons verify feed rates. r year processed can be enormous 5 Yard efficiency 6 O Streamline ticketing 4/20 Graded GRAVEL easoned drivers and customers might knoW at products are in each stockpile, but new rivers will cause traffic tie-ups in the loading ard by circling around or stopping to ask irections. Always properly label your stockpiles Bottlenecks easily arise during the ticketing phase in the yard. Traditionally, the driver often must park the truck after its loaded and walk into the scale house taking an opportunity to chat with the scale house operator or get a cup of coffee. With automated RFID ticketing, the driver instead will pull onto the scale, drive forward a few all drivers can quickly locate the products they need. The ability to view the entire load out process from a helicopter will quickly tell you where the bottlenecks lie yards, rip the automated ticket, and be on his or her way-thus eliminating another bottleneck.

s a division production manager for Rogers Group, Tom House recently went through the process of addressing bottlenecks at all six o the beauty of looking for bottlenecks at all (aggregates processing and loadout) stages is the operations under his charge. And, he says that the th principal at Bridgepoint, LLC. And in producers to identify their production bottlenecks, says he has found that pinch points can occur because of equipment limitations and also operator behavior When we started the process, we pacity of each component, he says, from the feeders to the crushers to the conveyors to the screens. And if we werent reaching capacity, we had to think about why we werent getting it. House says that during the rocess, he found bottlenecks were often the result per-year operation where he coached a loader o about the best method for approaching the truck and the pile at the face. He had 20 years of experience in doing it one way approaching the pile and the truck head-on. Our work entailed videotaping and showing him the difference between his way and a better way of approaching both truck and pile on an angl says. The result was that just by loading better, he was able to improve material through the jaw from 1,350 to 1,475 tons per hour all without adding equipment, at the beginning can create a big bottleneck down the line, House also discovered that the day-to-day habits o rators and drivers can contribute greatly to slowing a plants production. We had a driver on a haul road that took 8 seconds longer than the other one from the loader to the crusher. That doesnt sound like much, but it adds up, he says. House says in addition to not ing how many times the driver shifted incline, Rogers Group also addressed driver comfort. Fatigue and comfort can affect efficiency quite a bit, he explains. We spent $80,000 to create a more consis- tent pull on the haul road, and we were able to reduce the drivers shifting from 28 shifts to 13. This also helps with the life of the trucks transmission, he adds. At the root of all production improvement through bottleneck elimination is the ability to accurately mea- sure it, you cant manage it, ing that producers first need to determine manufactur ers stated capacity for each piece of equipment in the process. Belt scales should be set up on conveyors that come off of every crusher. If you have belt scales set up only in certain locations, you cant really know your production, he says, adding that accurate measure- ments also help an operation when it comes to manag ing inventory for sales purposes and your In conducting a thorough examination of all stages at the plant, House notes that he often had to go back to the beginning of the process and readdress the various e were many times when we thought we had solved all of the problems in one phase, but then In addition to knowing equipment capacities a measuring production rates, another tool is diligent observation. By watching amp gauges, an operator or were r will know if a crusher is running at capacity The result of this effort by Rogers Group was an increase at each location by at least 100 tons per hour. At that rate, the additional production from just an 8-hour shift is a daily increase of 800 tons. At a hypo- thetical price of even $5 per ton for stone at an opera- tion running just 200 days per year, the revenue in- crease is $800,000. And this was with very little capital Blinded screens slow production and can mean that good rock is going to the waste pile. Failure to choke feed a cone crusher will not only create a bottleneck, but And operators and equipment are not to blame for a plants bottleneck problems. The sales If a plant is rated at 500 tons per hour, youre happy to get that, he continues. Thats until you go through labeling and driver habits at the scale house. Old-timers might know where all of your products are located, but new drivers will be forced to ask directions or circle around trying to find the product they need, he says. Is ss and learn that with very little change or in House mentions a plant upgrade in his territory that was scheduled for the end of 2008- designed to take the sites production to 850 tons per hour. We havent started production yet, and Im sure well find bottle- necks when we do. The good news is that now we know And driver habits at the scale house can also slow traffic in the yard. Where drivers have traditionally had to park and step inside the scale house to receive a ticket, RFID ticketing allows the driver to weigh, pull forward, rip the ticket, and go. Its a much more efficient way to ate t in says, what to look for, he says.

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