RungePincockMinarco (RPM) has officially launched XACT for Enterprise, an integrated Operational Productivity Management (OPM) enterprise software solution. XACT for Enterprise augments enterprise resource planning systems, such as SAP, with production plans, maintenance schedules and actual operational data. RPM said the ability to compare actual against planned movements creates a unique, integrated planning and execution environment.
At the launch, RPM CEO Richard Mathews said, “Productivity is now the paramount focus of the industry, as mines become deeper, grades lower and operations become more complex. Our clients tell us that this focus on day-to-day productivity requires not just robust planning, but a solution that helps them rapidly reflect operational changes in the daily or weekly plan. This enables production targets to be met with less overall production variability.”
Mathews went on to explain that enterprise-wide visibility of production goals has been difficult to achieve in the past. “Disparate planning systems have encouraged an independent approach and created operational silos. XACT for Enterprise ensures a standardized data flow throughout the organization, breaking down these silos and encouraging a collaborative planning approach.
“The integration of targets, actuals, maintenance events and production schedules with SAP enables planners from each department to better align their activities and ensure they collaboratively reach their operational goals. Conflicts can now be found and resolved when the plan is being created, not when it’s being executed.
“Another benefit is that XACT for Enterprise utilizes standard SAP production management to connect the mine plan with production execution solutions such as fleet management systems,” Mathews said. “Mines will now be able to directly instruct production and retrieve actual mining progress data. This enables plan versus actuals comparison at a machine level, at any planning horizon, shift-by-shift, day-by-day. For mines with SAP, XACT for Enterprise represents a logical productivity extension into operations.”
XACT for Enterprise is RPM’s second enterprise software solution, following the launch of XERAS for Enterprise in May.