Supply chain planning

  • Tonnage, Quality and Value (TQV) planning for budget versus forecast versus actual performance for all material movements (mining, loader/truck, train, barge, conveyor, plant production, ship loading) and balances (pit/stockpiles/vessels)
  • Create detailed plans and schedules for all movements and balances
  • View End-to-End supply chain flows and balances on one screen. Understand and manage the impact of events on upstream / downstream operations, ie. the impact of vessel schedules changing
  • Flexible, user configurable views of supply chains


  • Flexible creation of budgets
  • Forecast stock shortages based on quality and tonnage
  • Ensure stocks are available when locking in vessel laycans, scheduling processing plants or determining transport schedules


  • The shipping module facilitates the management of vessel details, cargo details, quality, pricing, penalty/bonus, laytime, documentation and association to relevant contract(s)
  • The system enables multiple transactions (source stockpiles, date/time, tonnages and material) per vessel
  • As a vessel is loaded all stockpile tonnage and quality balances are automatically updated
  • Use stockpile models and the blend calculator to predict vessel quality
  • Create detailed ship schedules
  • Automated penalty/bonus calculations and invoice values
  • Reconciliation of trains/trucks/barges against vessel BOL tonnages and qualities
  • Automated data collection from ports and laboratories is available through iFuse


  • Automated despatch/demurrage forecasts based upon ETA and ETD
  • Automated laytime calculations through comparison of vessel laytime against terms and conditions in despatch/demurrage contract
  • Automated split amongst co-shippers
  • Significant reductions in manual calculations
  • Automated data collection of vessel loading delays from ports is available through iFuse


  • Manage train, truck, barge, conveyor and remnant movements
  • Create detailed transport schedules
  • Use stockpile models and the blend calculator to predict movement quality
  • On completion of transport movement transactions all stockpile tonnage and quality balances are automatically updated
  • Multiple transaction parameters are available per carrier (ie. source/destination stockpiles, date/time, tonnages, material)
  • Multiple tonnages are available per carrier. (ie. rail loadout, carrier weigh tape, port belt tonnes)
  • The system caters for internal movements: sales, third party purchases, agency movements, internal sales, borrows and loans
  • Transport movements can be linked with contracts and or vessels
  • Automated data collection from laboratories, rail and other transport provider systems is available through iFuse

Stockpile management

  • Manage all stockpiles across the supply chain including: ROM, plant feed, product, transport, transit, dedicated and cargo assembly port stockpiles
  • Manage stockpiles using a variety of models (algorithmic, zonal, logical) for tracking and visualisation of a material’s storage and quality distribution
  • Accurately predict reclaimed quality/grade from stockpiles for blend planning and supply chain scheduling
  • Automatically calculate, upon completion of stockpile movement transactions, all associated stockpile tonnage and quality/grade balances
  • View historical stockpile balances and predicted future stockpile tonnage and grade balances
  • Users can drill down to view individual parcels on and movement transactions that have impacted a stockpile
  • Stockpile adjustments with full audit capability
  • Remnant management
  • Product genealogy - tracking across the full supply chain and through stockpiles
  • Automated data collection from stackers/reclaimers/mobile equipment is available through iFuse
  • 3D stockpile modeling is available through

Quality and blend management

  • Utilise a blend calculator to optimise cargo specifications
  • Conduct “what if” stock planning scenarios to view possible courses of action and their impact on downstream supply chain operations prior to actual events
  • Automate the task of building blends that conform to spec from multiple stockpile sources with varying tonnages and grades
  • Improve commodity quality issues that impact on supply chain and plant performance
  • Determine the lowest cost/most ideal blend considering contract requirements; logistics and inventory constraints


  • Record and report on plant parameters and production figures
  • Record plant audit and composite results
  • Predict plant yield and product quality
  • Automated data collection is available through iFuse for integration to:
    o Laboratories
    o SCADA
    o Weightometers
    o Weighbridges
    o Online analysers
    o Bin levels

Commodity trading contract management

Contract data provides key information on:

  • Base contract terms and conditions
  • Contract options
  • Contract specifications and rejection levels
  • Quality penalty/bonuses
  • Multiple currencies
  • Provisional pricing
  • Credit ratings, credit limits
  • Payment terms to enable automated cash flow forecasts
  • Total contract margin/cost analysis that considers all supply chain and trade costs
  • Volume and delivery options
  • Required commercial and trade documentation
  • Hyper-linking and viewing of electronic contract documents
  • Contract approval workflows
  • Contract performance management

QMASTOR’s integrated approach to commodity supply chain management leverages contract information to other stakeholders for the purpose of:

  • Reducing re-entry of shipment record data where appropriate
  • Communicate and utilise customer specification and penalty/bonus data for grade control, blend and logistics planning and process plant optimisation
  • Automating invoicing and shipment documentation
  • Enables generation of revenue, supply chain and trading cost and cash flow forecasting


  • Manage relevant invoicing tasks within Port to Plant
  • Generation of shipping and transport invoices and adjustments (domestic and international)
  • Exchange rates recorded for reporting multiple currencies

Supply Chain Revenue, Cash Flow & Cost Accounting

  • Revenue and cash flow forecasts
  • Revenue summaries
  • Cash payments and receipts
  • Cost of sales summary
  • Net back analysis
  • Aged debtors
  • Advices of distribution


  • The system contains a comprehensive set of standard report and chart templates. (over 200)
  • Users have the flexibility to build and customise their own configured reports and charts
  • QMASTOR can develop customised reports as required
  • Reports can be accesses via the web and.or distributed from within the system utilising email
  • All reports can be exported to Excel, Word, HTML and PDF formats


QMASTOR’s integration system iFuse enables extensive integration of Port to Plant with:

  • exploration databases
  • geological models and mine planning
  • blasting
  • truck dispatch and tracking
  • laboratory analysis
  • SCADA systems (process plant, stacker/reclaimer, train loadout)
  • railways
  • ports
  • weighbridges, weightometers, on-line analysers, GPS systems
  • corporate ERP, business intelligence and accounting systems