Various key technologies could propel local mining forward, an industry currently affected by high operating costs, dwindling revenues, safety and environmental hazards, and political unrest.
In this post, we are focusing on how the adoption of robots on a wide scale can improve mining operations throughout the country.
Robots can safely go underground in places where humans may deem too risky. They can scan beyond the rock surface and assess potential risks for human mining activity.
Furthermore, employing VR technology can simulate rock falls and other risky situations. Advanced radar technology can also be used to X-ray the rock surface and examine mining potential and associated risks.
Machines equipped with sensors can be sent first underground to see how stable the rock and the environment is, or to measure whether there is hazardous gas. These IoT-enabled machines can then transmit vital data to plan mining operations and keep miners safe.
Once deemed safe, miners can also operate some of these machines in a semi-remote mining environment, either in the line of sight or via video footage. It will increase productivity and incident response management while maintaining a good level of safety underground.
Decision Inc. Immix has implemented multiple solutions for major players in the mining space. The company adds value by either replacing current ERP solutions or enhancing existing solutions. The result is much-needed extended functionality.
Although robots may reduce the number of human personnel required underground, they have a substantial impact on the business’ bottom line and profits, by reducing expenses with water and electricity consumption needed to cool down the mining chambers so miners can enter the shafts.
The success of mining operations will in the near future depend on the ability of robots and machinery to access and stream real-time data from remote locations and perform monitoring on seismic risks, air quality, noise, dust and gas – ensuring mineworkers’ health and safety.
The Mandela Mining Precinct based in Johannesburg, launched on 4 May 2018 at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Johannesburg, has the important goal of supporting local innovations and showcasing how future technologies can change South Africa’s mining. Get more info at https://www.csir.co.za/.
Decision Inc. Immix’ software provides extensive exploration, Mining, and Mineral Process (xMMP) solutions for key mining requirements, including functionality required for nearly all of the Total Life of Mine (LOM) requirements.
Microsoft Dynamics AX serves as the platform for the xMMP product suite and is a world-class global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution used by over 20 000 businesses across the globe.