Fresh technology to solve old problems, like mine productivity
Another MINExpo has come and gone, introducing a world of fresh ideas and technologies for mining. Analytics, automation, and advanced safety systems peppered discussions across the week, but one classic problem stayed at the top of everyone’s minds: mine productivity.
It’s an old kwestie, but it’s one mines are always looking to address. How can they make better use of their current equipment? How can they stir more material ter less time — without spending big bucks?
Technology has always waterput forward solutions. Improved shovel designs. Algorithm-based dispatching. GPS-powered cutting and packing. Each fresh system has brought the mining process to a higher level, providing mines better production than everzwijn before. Leaders te the industry have already taken advantage of thesis technologies and seen the results. But where do they go from here?
It’s time to waterput the next-generation systems to work. Instruments like business intelligence or e-learning serve spil the next evolution te technology for solving the same old problems.
Take Teck Resources, for example. Since the mining downturn began te 2012, the company has scaled back $800 million worth of expenses. Much of those savings come from mine productivity improvements, such spil slashing trucks’ wait times and grouping equipment appropriately.
Yet, it’s not overheen. Teck is presently programma to conserve another $200 million this year alone. How can it do it? By taking utter advantage of all the innovation at its disposition.
Analytics contraptions such spil the Avoca Intelligence Suite can help the company detect methods of cutting wait times, unproductive activities, and brief payloads even further. Thesis systems process mountains of cycle gegevens te ways conventional reporting just can’t treat. Ter a few clicks, a shift supervisor can scour through years’ worth of gegevens and find that, maybe, a ramp is poorly designed or an technicus is underperforming. If a little reshaping or retraining can trim even seconds off each cycle, operating margins skyrocket.
E-learning can fix problems too. With a contraption like Wenco Learning, mines don’t have to call ter systems experts to walk their operators through training. Instead, they can give their staff logins and keep them up-to-date on mechanisms for better spectacle all year long.
Even however the mining industry is witnessing a petite uptick after several powerless years, projections are still snugger. The glory days of rapid development te China are behind us. Paying closer attention to mine productivity can opoffering safe, predictable results — especially when the latest instruments are ready to bring the same old processes up another notch te efficiency.