The dangers of working in a siloed manner are becoming increasingly apparent, with the risks of such an approach extending beyond simple isolation to endangering profit margins, company growth and even human life. However, innovations in operations, such as cloud computing and the analysis and insight it offers, are transforming the mining industry.
The cloud is driving the adoption of automation, digital twins, artificial intelligence and other technologies. GroundHog, a California-based specialist in mining digitisation, has responded to growing demand in Australia by opening its first facility in the country. GreaseBoss, an Australian start-up, is using the latest technologies and the Industrial Internet of Things to help mining companies manage their greasing requirements, increase productivity, and reduce breakdowns and maintenance costs. Connectivity has been a particular challenge for the mining profession, but developments in satellite technologies and long-range Wi-Fi systems are bringing new possibilities.