The non-adherence to agreed Train Handling Times (THT) can cause fines of up to R250 000 for XCSA. Train resources are under pressure and the THT process is unstable. Several factors are contributing to the THT not achieving the target of 12 hours. This document explains the study undertaken to establish the causes for poor THT performance and provides time study results, as well as recommendations to improve THT’s for Boschmans Colliery.
The train handling and loading activities at Boschmans require a number of different resources and stakeholders to work together effectively. Coordination, measurement and reporting are critical management tools that should be used to effectively manage the process. The root cause of the problem is multi dimensional, which also explains the variance of the THT measures over the last six months. This study therefore recommends the implementation of key measures to manage the important parameters as identified earlier in this report.
Thesis (B Eng. (Industrial and Systems Engineering))--University of Pretoria, 2008.