Digitisation and productivity improvement have been highlighted as critical focus areas for the future survival of mining in South Africa and recently recognised through aR1 million grant awarded to further research into Industry 4.0 mining opportunities.
South African mining industry supplier of electronic equipment Schauenburg Systems has pledged support to the University of Johannesburg’s research centre efforts for the digitisation of the local industry.
The grant will fund postgraduate students for three years to produce potential applications in mining that can be implemented by major mining concerns in the country, notably Anglo-American and Sibanye, in their efforts to embrace digital transformation.
Schauenburg International Africa Group CEO, Dr Dieter Kovar, highlighted the importance of collaboration of private companies and research institutions in South Africa to advance the topics of digitisation and mechanisation of mining.
The goal is to make mines safer and more productive in Africa, he was quoted by the Mining Review.
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The collaborative effort will further enable innovative solutions to improve mine safety, productivity, and strive for minimum environmental impact through the advent of big data, IoT, and other cloud-enabled technologies.
Local R&D and academic institution can play a pivotal role in industry digitisation, by working to advance local product and solution development.
The key to digitisation success is the continuous drive to innovate and use technology to drive transformation in a local context while meeting and complying with global standards and practices.
The digitisation of mines through game-changing technology is a necessity, not a luxury, with a positive impact on the life, efficiency, and productivity of the local mining industry.
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