By Dawn Larsen
There are 10 plus one reasons companies are choosing automation technology, according to Epiroc.
1. 𝐄𝐧𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲: Advanced software automation enhances predictability by utilizing more than 99% of data collected from mining exploratory technology. This ensures that investors, managers, and stakeholders have access to valuable and timely exploratory information.
2. 𝐄𝐚𝐬𝐲 𝐀𝐝𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬: Intelligent software automation eliminates guesswork in making adjustments, providing a solution for the unpredictable nature of mines. This minimizes production slowdowns and helps in cost mitigation.
3. 𝐂𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐮𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Software and robotic automation contribute to cost reduction by enabling more efficient resource extraction and optimizing information from data collection devices. This paves the way for leaner and more efficient mining operations.
4. 𝐄𝐧𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐒𝐚𝐟𝐞𝐭𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Robotic, automated equipment improves safety in mines by enabling workers to use technology more efficiently. Teleremote-operated mining equipment, for instance, can operate in hazardous areas that jeopardize mine personnel’s safety.
5. 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐅𝐮𝐞𝐥 𝐄𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲: Eliminating guesswork in mining equipment operation enhances fuel efficiency, resulting in significant reductions in operating costs.
6. 𝐑𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐃𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞: Automation, both in terms of software for real-time data analysis and the use of automated technology, minimizes unscheduled maintenance, thereby reducing downtime and its associated costs.
7. 𝐌𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐋𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬: Automation of certain mine operation functions helps mitigate losses caused by labor shortages, particularly in times of lower commodity prices. Some routine tasks can now be performed by robots instead of human workers.
8. 𝐄𝐧𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬: Before commencing mining operations, software automation and robotic technology aid executives in understanding the subsurface conditions, enabling informed investment decisions.
9. 𝐑𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐞 𝐒𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲: Automated equipment enables better decision-making regarding resource extraction from remote mining locations, overcoming the challenges of transporting equipment and miners to these sites.
10. 𝐄𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐞 𝐄𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Ultimately, Epiroc’s Automation Technology allows mining companies to extract resources more efficiently, leading to increased productivity and profitability.
10 + 1. 𝐑𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐓𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐎𝐰𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩: Epiroc’s Automation Technology reduces the total cost of ownership by optimizing processes, minimizing maintenance expenses, and improving overall operational efficiency in the long run.
Dawn Larsen writes about Digital Solutions and Mine Productivity Utilization for Epiroc. You can read her e-newsletter Mine Digitalisation News on LinkedIn.