African mines can implement new technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), drones and mine-planning software, to improve efficiencies and increase their competitiveness.
Although the mining sector has been slow to adopt the latest technologies in mining, not doing so could impact negatively on safety, sustainability, and profitability of mining operations.
At the latest Mining Technology Conference in South Africa, mining stakeholders acknowledged the need for the technology revolution and implementation in the mining sector. The conference addressed critical educational topics and various technology investments for the mining industry.
Technologies such as connected operations, drones, mobile applications, artificial intelligence, mine-planning software, 3D Mapping, and data analytics have become instrumental in enhancing productivity and improving cost management.
In particular, smart devices being connected and deployed at mines as well as the Internet of Things (IoT) can have a huge impact on mining operations in Africa, as it enables new innovative services to gather data and insights to boost efficiency and productivity.
Microsoft Dynamics Ax Production Accounting Module 2 (PAM 2) is the second module within our Production Accounting Module software suite included in the xMMP (exploration, Mining and Metals Processing) platform. PAM 2 is used in processing plants and tracks the location and value of the commodity, essentially improving the visibility and control of the revenue generated from the plants’ output.
According to a recent global research study by telecommunications company Inmarsat, technological shifts, such as using IoT to turn manual and mechanical processes into digital ones through automation, are mandatory to be able to collect, process and analyse a vast increasing amount of data on a daily operational basis.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies can further improve data analysis and decision-making processes, while virtual, augmented and mixed-reality solutions can provide a better overview of mining landscape and operations.
Technological solutions need to form an integral part of the core mining operations, which have to be connected easily as well as be mobile-enabled to streamline inter-departmental communications and provide real-time feedback on mining planning and operations. Cloud-based ERP mining software can be deployed to assist with better resource planning, plant maintenance, production accounting, health and safety and stakeholder management.
The Mining Technology Conference was held on 19-20 July at Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Experts from reputable organisations that included Decision Inc Immix, and Deloitte shared high-quality content, innovation insights and they shared information on the latest mining technologies and connected operations.
Decision Inc Immix’s 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 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.