Cycle Time Management

Manage the load-haul-dump cycle to reduce downtime and cost per ton
Manage the load-haul-dump cycle to reduce downtime and cost per ton


Manage the load-haul-dump cycle to reduce downtime and cost per ton

Ensuring high equipment reliability and minimizing breakdowns is crucial for efficient cycle time management. Unplanned downtime due to equipment failures can disrupt the load and haul process, leading to delays and increased operational costs. This is especially true for larger mining operations, where multiple trucks and loaders may be active in the same area, leading to congestion and bottlenecks.

Optimizing traffic flow and managing intersections efficiently can be challenging, especially in open-pit mines with limited maneuvering space. Here, skilled and experienced operators are essential for maximizing the productivity of mining equipment and minimizing cycle times. Insufficient operator training or turnover can lead to suboptimal performance, longer cycle times, and increased safety risks with the mishandling of equipment and material.

Key Client Challenges:

  1. What are the main factors affecting our cycle times, and how can we identify and address them?
  2. What data, metrics, technologies and tools can help us monitor, assess and analyze cycle times in real-time for improvement?
  3. How can we improve equipment reliability and reduce downtime to maximize cycle efficiency?
  4. What are the best practices for material handling and loading to enhance cycle times?
  5. What are the safety considerations when trying to optimize cycle times, and how can we balance productivity with safety?
  6. How do weather and environmental factors impact cycle times, and what contingency plans can we develop to manage these challenges?

Accurate material tracking and reconciliation are essential for assessing the efficiency of the load and haul process. However, manual data entry and reconciliation can be time-consuming and prone to errors.

By implementing advanced technologies such as fleet management systems, real-time monitoring, and automation to enhance cycle time management, mines can harness the full potential of their operations.

Our Unison Mining experts will work with your teams to fully utilize your existing technologies, set up the systems and processes needed, and facilitate the training equipment operators need to successfully and sustainably reduce cycle times.

Lacking data to validate or support key business decisions

Lack of knowledge to define a cohesive business or data strategy

Low speed to market and trouble adapting quickly to customer and market needs

High operational costs due to lengthy data processing times


Road Management

Design, maintain, and optimize haul roads to decrease transport time, reduce wear and tear on your fleet, extend truck lifespan, and cut maintenance costs.
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Cycle Time Management

Manage the load-haul-dump cycle to enhance your cycle management, reduce downtime, and cost per ton.
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Payload Improvement

Enhance your loading practices to maximize payload, reduce overloading, and cut down on cycle times.
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Delay Management

Anticipate and manage operational delays, keeping your production schedule on track.
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Queue Management

Implement queue management strategies to reduce wait times, allowing you to deploy your fleet when and where they're needed most.
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Fragmentation Strategy

Fine-tune your blasting strategies for better fragmentation, reduced downstream costs and increased shovel productivity.

Data & Analytics Strategy

Leverage data solutions to drive decision-making in your load and haul processes.

Dispatch Strategies

Streamline dispatch operations & processes to reap the full ROI of your systems

Dispatch Optimization

Streamline dispatch operations & processes to reap the full ROI of your systems
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Pit Conditions

Assess pit conditions accurately for effective mine planning.
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Pre-Spotting & Double-Sided Loading

Execute pre-spotting & double-sided loading techniques effectively for reduced haulage costs
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Our mining experts have experienced first-hand the day-to-day complexities and issues that arise at the mining face, giving them a higher level of understanding and insight to meet your challenges.

Practical Solutions

By implementing level-appropriate transformation tools, our behavioral and cultural change methodologies, data management, and analytics, our goal is to create a sustainable and positive impact on your mining operations.


We go beyond strategy to offer a direct and measurable approach to success. Our commitment extends to delivering real business outcomes and helping your team sustain those changes for the long haul.

Reduce mine cycle times to improve mine profitability.

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