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Cutting Iron Ore Pellet Production Costs Via Improved Efficiency Saves Mining Company $8 Million

Publication:
ASQ.ORG
Date:
November 2014
Pages:
pp. 1 - 5
Author(s):
Jacobsen, Janet

Abstract

A performance improvement team at Brazil’s Samarco Mining facility focused on reducing iron ore pellet production costs. Using the DMAIC methodology and a variety of quality tools, the team uncovered root causes and created solutions to improve the efficiency of natural gas consumption. By implementing five low-cost solutions, the project delivered fuel cost savings of $8 million. The team was named a finalist in ASQ’s 2014 International Team Excellence Award competition.

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