Kitting & Critical Path 

Consolidate parts, materials, and tools prior to a maintenance event to eliminate lost wrench time
Consolidate parts, materials, and tools prior to a maintenance event to eliminate lost wrench time


Consolidate parts, materials, and tools prior to a maintenance event to eliminate lost wrench time

Mining companies face several challenges when it comes to optimizing kitting and critical paths in their operations. In planned maintenance events, few things are more frustrating than looking for parts, tools or talent when a piece of equipment has already been taken out of service and delivered for a repair or routine service. If the service is delayed, or cannot be fully completed for lack of spares, tools or talent, that lost time cannot be recovered. Routine inventory consumables that are not organized and kitted in advance have a significant ripple-effect on both throughput and unit cost.

The kitting and preparation process begins with prioritizing safety protocols and ensuring that safe conditions and safe behaviors are in place. How unused materials are returned to stock is another advantage of kitting. Kitting tools and materials for specific jobs reduces inventory shrinkage as those items can be accounted for with clarity.

By implementing and integrating new technologies with fundamental disciplines, such as kitting, mining companies can improve efficiency while creating a culture of ownership and accountability.

Key Client Challenges:

  1. How can we identify and prioritize critical tasks in our mining operation to establish an effective critical path?
  2. What data and metrics should we be collecting and analyzing to optimize kitting and critical paths effectively?
  3. What technologies or software solutions are available for optimizing kitting and critical paths, and which ones are the most suitable for our specific operation?
  4. How can we improve communication and collaboration among different teams and departments involved in kitting and critical path activities?
  5. What strategies can we implement to ensure a steady and reliable supply chain for materials and equipment required for kitting?
  6. What role can automation and robotics play in streamlining kitting processes and managing critical paths more efficiently?
  7. How can we balance cost-saving measures with the need for safety and compliance with environmental regulations when optimizing kitting and critical paths?

While automation and data analytics technologies can prove effective for optimizing kitting and critical path processes, ensuring that workforces are trained to handle advanced technologies and processes effectively is still essential. Support from employees and line managers across departments is also crucial to ensure that technologies are fully adopted, and new processes are sustained long term.

Our Unison Mining experts can work with your team to ensure that new ways of working are sustainable, with teams equipped to monitor processes, KPIs and behaviors to drive lasting change in kitting and critical paths.

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


Maintenance Strategy

Define a tailor-made maintenance strategy to suit the needs and equipment of your mine
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Wrench Time Optimization

Explore the behavior changes needed to optimize wrench time and maintenance productivity
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Response Time Practices

Reduce response time and establish and communicate comprehensive practices for equipment accidents or near-misses
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Work Order Systems Enhancements

Optimize maintenance workflows to fully utilize existing work order systems and technology
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Equipment Aging & Bad Actors

Identify bad actor equipment faster to avoid accidents and downtime due to aging equipment
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Spares & Tools Management

Systemize the procurement and storage of spare parts and tools to hedge against unforeseen downtime
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Ready Backlog

Minimize delays in returning idle equipment to service by allocating a ready backlog of maintenance personnel and kitted materials
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Kitting & Critical Path

Consolidate parts, materials, and tools prior to a maintenance event to eliminate lost wrench time
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Subtask Time Estimation

Estimate sub-tasks more accurately to ensure the total hours estimated will be met or reduced.
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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.

Optimize kitting and critical paths to ensure smooth maintenance operations.

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