Vale Inco Upgrades Mining Process with Dyadem Enterprise Software



    TORONTO, Dec. 21 /CNW/ -- Vale Inco Limited has signed a deal with Dyadem
to improve the management of change (MOC) for its Thompson, Manitoba mining
operation.  Dyadem, a leading provider of Quality Lifecycle Management and
Risk Lifecycle Management solutions, will provide its enterprise software
solution SmartMOC to help Vale Inco manage the MOC process for its entire
operations in Thompson including two nickel mines, a mill, smelter and
refinery.
    Vale Inco's Manitoba Operations are comprised of two underground
operations -- Thompson and Birchtree Mines, as well as a Mill, Smelter and
Refinery.  As part of its commitment to SafeProduction and its culture of Zero
Harm, Vale Inco is empowering its employees with tools like SmartMOC that ease
the bureaucracy of change management and automate change requests for
electronic tracking and compliance.  One of the most common reasons that a
company implements MOC is to achieve compliance for the appropriate
regulations or standards -- from OSHA, EPA, the ISO series or other regulatory
boards.
    MOC is a formal process that enables companies to evaluate, authorize and
document changes before they are made and ensures proper implementation and
proper closure after the changes are made.  The purpose of an MOC system is to
establish the procedures necessary to ensure that the health and safety, as
well as operational risks arising from proposed changes, are managed properly.
    "Zero Harm to our employees, the workplace, the community and the
environment is the top priority for our operations.  Risk management and MOC
are a core part of our business.  A solution like SmartMOC makes risk
management easier for our employees," said Rob Platford, Manager of
Engineering and Support Services, Manitoba Operations.  "We outgrew our
homegrown solution, so we turned to Dyadem as the expert.  SmartMoc will
provide the Manitoba Operations with a full encompassing Management of Change
Process Hazard Analysis System."
    Through most of its 100-plus years, Vale Inco was a North American
company that brought its nickel to the rest of the world.  Today, it is a
truly global company, mining in two hemispheres and operating on four
continents.  The Manitoba operation has a 15,000-ton per day capacity mill; a
smelter, which produces 1,400 anodes per day; and a refinery, which produces
more than 120 million pounds of 99.9% pure electrolytic nickel annually.  It
was the world's first fully integrated nickel mining and processing complex.
    "Risk Management in process manufacturing is not optional, it's
imperative," said Kevin North, president and CEO of Dyadem.  "Vale Inco's
Manitoba Operations are raising the bar for its competition with a strong
commitment to zero harm and management of change.  Moving to a corporate
platform, an electronic system, and an automated way to notify changes
throughout a facility is the best proactive way to approach mining and
processing with minimal risk.  We're looking forward to Vale Inco's success
with SmartMOC."
    
    About Dyadem International
    
    Founded in 1993, Dyadem is the market leader in Quality Lifecycle
Management and Risk Lifecycle Management solutions.  Dyadem provides software
and services that empower companies to manage quality, mitigate risks, achieve
regulatory compliance, plan for business continuity and improve profitability.
Dyadem works with 85% of the Fortune 500 companies and serves the high tech &
electronics, medical devices, oil and gas, chemical, automotive,
pharmaceutical and aerospace and defense industries.  For more information,
visit http://www.dyadem.com

    For further information, contact:

    
    Dyadem International Ltd           Text 100 Public Relations
    Angela Schwecke                    Farrah Hamid
    905.762.5243                       617.399.4930
    aschwecke@dyadem.com               dyadem@text100.com
    




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For further information: Angela Schwecke of Dyadem International Ltd, 
+1-905-762-5243, aschwecke@dyadem.com; or Farrah Hamid of Text 100 Public 
Relations, +1-617-399-4930, dyadem@text100.com, for Dyadem International

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