Cutting Iron Ore Pellet Production Costs Via Improved Efficiency Saves Mining Company $8 Million
- November 2014
- pp. 1 - 5
- Jacobsen, Janet
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.