The future of mining technology: How digital services are transforming operations

Industry 4.0, the concept behind the rapid technological change of the 21ststreet century, changed the way mines work at every stage of the mining process. From management to administration history tells us that each of these technical advances and their implementation in the mines have led to better practices and improved industrial growth.

But when it comes to absorbing digital technology, there is still a significant gap between tier 1 operators and the rest of the industry.

What hinders small operations?

A recent analysis of the introduction of digital technologies in mining explored 158 active surface and underground mines and found limited distribution throughout. But while it has been found that large-scale operations use digital technology on a case-by-case basis, operations with lower production rates simply do not implement available digital services to the same extent.

The report found that adoption appears to depend on a number of factors, including the scale of mining production, existing infrastructure, the availability of trained personnel, research capabilities and the extent to which the company wants to lead in technology diffusion.

According to experts in mining and change management technology Haultrax, bridging this digital divide should be a key priority for operators, regardless of size.

“Many second- and junior-level miners are not as digital as their first-tier mining houses, such as Rio Tinto or BHP,” says Haultrax CEO Sheamal Sharma. “They just don’t have the same technological resources, so a lot of people are losing this really reliable and simple technology to digitize their business and make it more efficient.

“We have found that the most common barriers to digital proliferation are outdated understandings of these systems or previous bad experiences. In this way, we focus on breaking down these barriers and educating our customers in new and improved ways to implement digital systems. In our current digital world, much can be achieved with little financial expense. ”

Regular, repetitive, predictable

Through a suite of digital solutions and consulting services, Haultrax works with clients in the surface mining industry to help them use digital services that will change their mining operations.

For example, the Haultrax fleet management system (FMS) includes FleetOps, a performance reporting system that provides accurate production and cycle data without the need to enter an operator, and FleetControl, a truck management solution that gives users a central overview of each team member. and assets.

These solutions allow users to systematize production operations using a digitized workflow, making data more robust and reliable, and enabling them to abandon counting and clipboarding.

“One of the biggest problems facing digital was the administration’s headache,” Shiamal explains. “There has always been a risk of errors, especially for uniform tasks or for staff on long shifts, so the accuracy of the information was often lacking. There is also additional data entry that someone has to collect, and all the sheets that need to be placed in an Excel file, and data entered manually, are often available to decision makers only at the end or in the next shift.

This risk of human error and lack of transparency at each stage of the operation, as well as the number of time-consuming tasks mean that paper processes cannot always provide accuracy. The result is a lack of data to make informed decisions, and time and resources are used inefficiently, which can negatively affect the outcome of an operation.

According to Sheamal: “Regular, repetitive and predictable – this is what leads to consistent results, which, in turn, leads to increased ability to plan what will happen in this cycle. FleetOps and FleetControl ensure such consistency. ”

Keeping it simple

There are many fleet management systems and mining performance on the market, and the amount of new technology available can be huge when it comes to data. That’s why Haultrax’s FleetOps and FleetControl solution makes it easy for operators.

With experience in implementing and managing change, Haultrax ensures the selection, deployment and implementation of the right technology that ensures 100% of its value.

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