One of the most vigorous of the continuous improvement methodologies is Six Sigma. While usually associated with improving manufacturing and product quality, leading manufacturers are using it to improve their extended supply chain and logistics capabilities. At the same time they are improving reliability, some companies have cut hundreds of millions of dollars of fat out of their supply chain. The absence of available, maintainable and robust information about these resources with sufficient fidelity and history for analysis can result in inefficient operation in metallurgical complexes. Defining appropriate information access privileges is essential for sustainable operations, but secondary to basic information management. We must first be concerned about the availability, timeliness and reliability of information in order to enable people to act in such a way as to optimize the use of all resources.
Dr. Osvaldo A. Bascur is an Enterprise Business Executive with OSIsoft. His contributions have been in the design and implementation of a blue print for real-time enterprise information systems to improve energy- and water-management integrating power generation and consumption. His past experience includes holding the position of Process Control Supervisor at Duval Corporation (now Freeport McMoRan), and 10 years working for Pennzoil Products Company (now Shell). He is actively involved in the optimization of mineral processing, metallurgical processes for increasing asset availability, reducing energy, water consumption and minimizing environmental emissions. Osvaldo holds degrees in chemical and metallurgical engineering from the University of Concepcion, Chile., and a Ph.D. specializing in optimization of metallurgical processes from the University of Utah. He has more than 70 publications, and has made contributions to developing several SME, IFAC and IMPC proceedings. He is the editor of Latin American Perspectives: Exploration, Mining, and Processing published by SME. SME Operating Best Practices, IMPC Lecturer, APCOM. AIST Computer Application Member, EMC Lecturer. He is an active member of AIChE, SME, ISA, IFAC, and AISTech.