Shutdown Management 

Plan shutdown and turnaround frequencies, durations and intervals with realistic risk planning
Plan shutdown and turnaround frequencies, durations and intervals with realistic risk planning


Plan shutdown and turnaround frequencies, durations and intervals with realistic risk planning

Shutdown management for processing plants requires planned periods of equipment and facility maintenance, repair, and upgrades. These shutdowns are crucial for ensuring operational efficiency, safety, and compliance. However, they also come with a set of significant challenges for mine operators.

Costs associated with shutdowns can be immense, including for skilled labor (often contractors), equipment, materials and lost production. Balancing the need to complete the necessary maintenance and repairs within a limited timeframe while minimizing costs can be difficult. Invariably, additional unknown needs are discovered when working on the tasks that have been scheduled. The process to determine which surprises are included and which can be deferred is delicate.

Managing these changes while staying within the planned timeframe and budget will require effective communication, planning and comprehensive equipment monitoring.

Key Client Challenges:

  1. How can we effectively prioritize maintenance tasks during a shutdown to ensure the most critical equipment is addressed first?
  2. What strategies can we implement to minimize downtime and maximize the utilization of the shutdown period?
  3. Are there data-driven approaches or technologies that can help us make more informed decisions during the shutdown planning phase?
  4. What are the best practices for coordinating and communicating with different teams, contractors, and departments involved in the shutdown process?
  5. What steps can we take to enhance safety and mitigate risks associated with shutdown activities, especially when working on equipment that’s normally operational?
  6. Are there innovative technologies, such as predictive maintenance or digital twins, that can help us optimize our shutdown management?

Developing standardized work procedures and best practices for shutdown activities can improve efficiency, consistency, and the quality of work performed during maintenance periods. However, new ways of working need to be supported by employees to truly last and take effect.

Our experts at Unison Mining can work with your teams to implement the processes, controls and systems needed for long-term change, as well as instilling the behavior changes and buy-in from employees and management through active performance management.

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


Stockpile Management

Install controls to reduce risks associated with stockpiles including waste buildup.
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P80 Sizing

Ensure material being sent from mines to the processing plant can pass from grinding to milling efficiently and economically
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Advanced Control Rooms

Gain a bird’s eye view of process plant operations with effective utilization of visualization technology.
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Overall Equipment Effectiveness Improvement

Maximize the potential of your equipment to boost ROI and reduce inefficiencies.
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Recovery Improvement

Maximize mineral recovery by improving material handling and separation efficiency.
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Energy Optimization

Reduce energy costs and meet sustainability regulations with reduced energy consumption.
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Shutdown Management

Plan shutdown and turnaround frequencies, durations and intervals with realistic risk planning.
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Line Management

Improve line management through behavior training and coaching for enhanced worker productivity.
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Grading & Gauging

Oversee grade control to ensure that ore sent to the processing plant is of the right quality. Calibrate sensors and instruments effectively for plant operation monitoring.
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Data & Analytics Strategy

Develop a strategy to fully utilize data and analytics for processing efficiency and higher recovery rates.

Throughput Improvement

Minimize resource wastage for improved throughput and financial performance



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 production loss and costs during shutdowns with effective planning.

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