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6 Crucial Innovations in the Mining Industry Equipment ...

Wages, although historically low, are increasing in some countries. In Australia, advertised wages for mining workers were up 35%. Mines today are more complex. As older mines reach the end of their lifecycle, new mines require companies to go deeper underground for less quality ore. Although technology ultimately increases the bottom line, its an investment with considerable cost.

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Until 2001, mining was the most dangerous occupation in the world. The death rate was 23.5 per 100,000 workers. Construction considered a very risky occupation has a death rate of 12.2 per 100,000 workers. Fortunately, the mortality rate has reduced considerably over the years. Well, in the U.S. In China, the death rate has gone up. China accounts for 80% of work related miner fatalities in the world. For comparison, in 2004 China had 6,027 mining related fatalities. The U.S. had just 28. Lack of safety regulations accounts for most of the mining related deaths in China.

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A less obvious risk to a mining company is the ability to get and keepa license to operate . Governments and communities are stronger stakeholders than in the past. They are more aware of the environmental impacts of mining and have higher expectations and requirements that mining operators must meet. According to an EY report, Top 10 business risks facing mining and metals in 2019 20,LTO moved from number seven on the list of business risks in 2018 to number one in 2019. Mining companies face ever shifting licensing requirements. For example, Australian miner Lynas Corporations rare earth minerals processing plant was reviewed by the newly elected Malaysian government in 2018. Auditors found six years worth of radioactive material that had not been removed. Lynas must now develop a plan to remove the radioactive waste or the Malaysian government will not renew their operating license. The Lynas Advance Material Plant was fiercely opposed by environm...

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There are six crucial innovations that todays mining companies should strongly consider implementing. The good news is that these innovations lower costs and increase safety.

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Mining simulators are an effective and safe way to train employees on the use of various types of mining equipment.Like a flight simulator, a mining simulation can create the experience of using a large and complicated piece of equipment. Simulators allow workers to learn in a controlled environment. The simulation can be setup to mimic specific site conditions. A mining simulator can also recreate a whole mining operation. Simulators can be as simple as a software program to train workers on equipment operation. For more complex equipment, a screen can be surrounded by wheels and levers. Some simulators are mounted on a track or wheels and include pneumatic operations to train workers in equipment such as cranes and drills. There are many benefits to mine simulation. Employees can experience different scenarios that will improve their performance on a real job site. Workers can also use simulators to determine the most efficient equipment placement. They can test different work pla...

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One of the most dangerous aspects of mining is drilling and blasting. Holes are drilled in the rock and filled with explosives. Once detonated, the risk of death and injury is high from flying rock, destabilized ground, and the release of toxic fumes. Autonomous drilling rigs and excavators keep humans out of harms way and standardizes the blasting process. Battery operated drill rigs eliminate emissions. Drilling rigs can be operated remotely. An employee can manage multiple rigs from one offsite control station. Rigs can be on the same pattern or in separate pits. The autonomous rig also handles non drilling activities like area inspection prior to tramming, raking the cutting pile, and plugging the hole. An Atlas Copco Pit Viper drill rig was tested by an Australian mine from 837 miles away. Goldcorp is expanding its use of autonomous drilling. The company retrofitted two Epiroc Pit Viper PV 351 rigs with autonomous features in its Peñasquito gold mine in Mexico in 2018. More...

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Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems, are now used by miners to handle maintenance, monitoring, and mapping. Drones benefit a miners bottom line and safety record. Advances in drone design and artificial intelligence are helping miners reach heights and depths once inaccessible or just dangerous to workers. For example, BHP Billiton uses drones to ensure a site is clear before they start blasting. The drone can also track fumes after the blast.

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Some mining equipment, such as bucket wheel excavators , are mammoth. In fact, the MAN Takraf RB293 is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. A drone can be used to fly over and around the 310 foot high, 722 foot long beast and detect maintenance issues. However, technology can only go so far. Project managers are averse to scheduled maintenance because they dont want to go offline. But scheduled maintenance often results in less downtime and reduces operating costs compared to a deal with it when it breaks approach. Drones can also quickly deliver spare parts to the mining site, getting the mine back online faster.

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In 2015, BHP Billiton started testing drones at its Queensland mines. BHP produces iron ore, metallurgical coal, and copper. They used drones carrying military grade cameras to take 3D maps of the sites. The company saves about 5 million dollars a year by using drones for site mapping instead of planes. They are also developing supercomputers to increase the speed at which the company can analyze the site and make decisions.

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BHP also uses drones for monitoring stockpiles and ensuring compliance. This helps the company improve safetyand productivity. Drones can monitor traffic on the mine site and ensure an area is clear before the blasting begins.

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