Benchmarking in the ferromanganese production processes
- Authors: Sedumedi, B. Kaelo , Pan, Xiaowei Dr.
- Date: 2015
- Subjects: Benchmarking , Ferromanganese , Silicomanganese
- Language: English
- Type: Conference proceedings
- Identifier: http://hdl.handle.net/10210/72380 , uj:18272 , Citation: Sedumedi, B.K. & Pan, X., Dr. 2015. Benchmarking in the ferromanganese production processes.
- Description: Abstract: Process benchmarking is recognised as an essential tool for the continuous improvement of the quality of products. It is a process that allows the production of manganese ferroalloys i.e. ferromanganese and silicomanganese (FeMn and SiMn) to improve upon existing ideas and practices. In this study, it is critical to interrogate the organisation of production of manganese ferroalloys in the identified production plants. Three production plants were identified within, and two outside South Africa. A methodology of research was identified that will be most appropriate to undertake the study. From the research process, it is expected that the critical variables that impact on production processes, differences in application, scale of processes, measurement methods, and competitiveness analysis to be identified.
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Improve ferromanganese smelting processes using benchmarking techniques
- Authors: Sedumedi, B. Kaelo , Pan, Xiaowei
- Date: 2014
- Subjects: Benchmarking (Management) , Ferromanganese alloys
- Type: Article
- Identifier: uj:4777 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/11960
- Description: It is well known that ferromanganese alloys are used to help produce all types of steels. Manganese ore prices are closely associated with those of iron ore prices. The production of high quality ferromanganese has become increasingly important in the context of fluctuations in the iron ore price in global markets. In appreciating the importance of benchmarking the various ferromanganese production practices worldwide have to be identified to develop methodological aspects. Firstly the standard production variables would be reconfirmed, and identify new ones given the various sophisticated production environments. In other words, are there unique variables to specific production facilities? Secondly, appropriate benchmarking method(s) would be recommended given the production objectives in existence. Inductively, all the variables, both metallurgical and non- metallurgical would be condensed into concepts or particular benchmarking techniques.
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