Mining is becoming a more digitized industry every day, with new technology emerging to help make operations more efficient, safer, and more sustainable. But what exactly makes a mine “smart”?
There are a few key factors that contribute to a smart mine:
Digital Connectivity: A smart mine is connected, both internally and externally. This means that data can flow freely between different parts of the operation and that information from outside sources can be quickly and easily accessed. New data and voice networks ensure that no matter where a worker may be in a mine, they can connect and share data that is crucial to the operation.
Advanced Analytics: A smart mine uses data to its advantage, employing advanced analytics to optimize performance. This could involve anything from using sensors to monitor equipment health to tracking energy use and environmental conditions. Advanced analytics are making mines safer by preventing dangerous choke points and optimizing traffic flow.
Automation and Remote Operation: Automation is key to a smart mine, as it can help to improve safety and efficiency while reducing costs. Remote operation is also becoming increasingly important, as it allows mines to be operated from anywhere in the world. New automated tools use less fuel than human operators and require less maintenance.
Sustainability: A smart mine is designed with sustainability in mind. This could involve using renewable energy sources, recycling water, or minimizing waste. Simulated modeling of the impact of mining, advanced testing tools, and a commitment to sustainable energy in mining all contribute to making a mine smart.
A smart mine is a modern mine that makes use of digital technology to improve safety, efficiency, and sustainability. By employing advanced analytics, automation, and remote operation, smart mines are able to operate more effectively and responsibly. If you would like to learn more about the latest smart tech for mining, contact us today.
This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker Mining Communications! For over 15 years, Becker Communications has been the industry’s leader in increasingly more sophisticated electrical mining communication systems. As they expanded into surface mining, railroads, and tunneling they added wireless communication systems, handheld radios, tagging and tracking systems, as well as gas monitoring.