In the realm of production, efficient scheduling can be a game-changer, optimising resources and maximising output. Anssum’s ongoing project in South Africa, centered on Batch Digester Scheduling, is paving the way for enhanced operational efficiency.

Project Overview

  • Category: Production
  • Location: South Africa
  • Project: Batch Digester Scheduling
  • Status: In progress


Batch digesters are at the heart of numerous production processes, requiring intricate scheduling to ensure seamless operations. An optimal cook sequence not only maximises production output but also minimises resource wastage.

The Challenge

Efficiently scheduling cooks between digesters.

  • Identifying and rectifying out-of-phase digesters, which can hamper the overall efficiency of the production process.

Anssum's Innovative Solution

To address these challenges, Anssum embarked on the development of a state-of-the-art scheduling tool specifically for the MgO#1 digester plant:

  • Efficient Cook Sequence Selection: The tool aids operators in determining the most efficient sequence of cooks between digesters. By streamlining this process, the tool ensures that each digester is utilised to its maximum potential.
  • Identification of Out-of-Phase Digesters: An out-of-phase digester can disrupt the flow of operations. The scheduling tool is adept at pinpointing such digesters, enabling operators to take timely corrective actions.

Benefits & Outcomes

While the project is still in progress, the scheduling tool promises a host of benefits:

  • Enhanced Operational Efficiency: By optimising the cook sequence, the tool aims to boost the overall efficiency of the digester plant.
  • Resource Optimisation: Efficient scheduling minimises resource wastage, leading to cost savings.
  • Timely Problem Identification: With the ability to identify out-of-phase digesters, the tool ensures that potential disruptions are addressed promptly.


The Batch Digester Scheduling initiative in South Africa is a testament to Anssum’s dedication to enhancing production processes through innovative solutions. As the project progresses, it is set to redefine operational efficiency standards in the industry.

Anssum continues its journey of innovation, merging technology with industry expertise to set new benchmarks in production excellence.