10 Plus One Reasons Companies are Choosing Automation Technology

By Dawn Larsen

There are 10 plus one reasons companies are choosing automation technology, according to Epiroc.

1. ๐„๐ง๐ก๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ ๐๐ซ๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ: 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. ๐„๐š๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐€๐๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ: 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. ๐‚๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‚๐ฎ๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐€๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: 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. ๐„๐ง๐ก๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ ๐’๐š๐Ÿ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐€๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: 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 personnelโ€™s safety.

5. ๐ˆ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐…๐ฎ๐ž๐ฅ ๐„๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ฒ: Eliminating guesswork in mining equipment operation enhances fuel efficiency, resulting in significant reductions in operating costs.

6. ๐‘๐ž๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ž๐ ๐ƒ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž: 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. ๐Œ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‹๐š๐›๐จ๐ซ ๐’๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฌ: 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. ๐„๐ง๐ก๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ: Before commencing mining operations, software automation and robotic technology aid executives in understanding the subsurface conditions, enabling informed investment decisions.

9. ๐‘๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ž ๐’๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐€๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ: 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. ๐„๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ž ๐„๐ฑ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: Ultimately, Epirocโ€™s Automation Technology allows mining companies to extract resources more efficiently, leading to increased productivity and profitability.

10 + 1. ๐‘๐ž๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐“๐จ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐‚๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Ž๐ฐ๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ: Epirocโ€™s Automation Technology reduces the total cost of ownership by optimizing processes, minimizing maintenance expenses, and improving overall operational efficiency in the long run.

Epiroc, www.epiroc.com

Dawn Larsen writes about Digital Solutions and Mine Productivity Utilization for Epiroc. You can read her e-newsletter Mine Digitalisation News on LinkedIn.

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