PRESS RELEASE: Minemax stated that Bienstock-Zuckerberg (BZ)-based mine scheduling is gaining momentum in industry because it delivers high-value schedules quickly.
The company added that the Tempo 3.0 release in September 2017 marked the first time BZ-based scheduling was available in a commercial mine scheduling solution. Since that time, Minemax have been extending the scope of Tempo's BZ-based scheduling to include multiple alternative material destinations, trucking, both block and polygon scheduling and, most recently, products.
We understand that MILP loyalists may not want to jump on the BZ bandwagon just yet.
For customers who prefer MILP, Minemax has provided an additional MILP solver option for polygon-cut scheduling in Tempo.
This release builds upon the previous release where products where introduced. New product and product attribute charts and tabular reports are now available in Tempo 3.0.4. Products, along with their associated attributes, constraints and reports, enable users to more completely model the mineral value chain.
For example, in iron ore, products can be used for lump and fines, each with their own prices and blending constraints. In coal, products can be used to combine the outputs of both wash plant and bypass processing options into multiple saleable blended products. With metals mining, products are used to satisfy monthly metal targets resulting from multiple processing options.
Minemax's updated demo version has all the new product functionality with updated tutorials and demo datasets to help users see how Tempo with enhanced BZ-based scheduling can simplify the detailed mine planning process.