SME Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy Handbook, Chapter 3.1 February 1 2019
A mining operation is essentially a series of interconnected processes, with the performance of each stage affecting the subsequent ones. Optimizing each stage in isolation can result in suboptimal performance of the overall operation. For example, isolated changes in drill-and-blast can have detrimental impacts on downstream crushing and grinding processes, which subsequently affect the downstream separation process. Therefore, it is important to analyze and optimize each process stage in the context of the whole operation.