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An Ecosystem For All

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Global Mining Review,

Virtually every mining operation is grappling with having to drive greater value amid dwindling resources, while facing the ongoing challenges of sustainability, interoperability, productivity, reliability, and safety.

An Ecosystem For All

As mine operations become more complex – and the challenges and opportunities to drive greater productivity become more pronounced – no one solution provider can deliver all of the answers. To compound the situation, cycle times for developing new products, especially from a single-source provider, are long and are not keeping pace with customer demand. Moreover, operators at every level face multiple challenges of both optimising functions and reducing the carbon footprint.

Every facet of mine planning, operations, and maintenance must be able to achieve still greater levels of performance, as measured in key performance indicators (KPIs). With this backdrop, consistency and predictability, therefore, play a major role in maintaining and achieving greater insights into productivity that can meet business forecasts around mine operations at every level – be it equipment, process, or enterprise.

Mining operations and the solutions that enhance them must be highly scalable and adaptable in order to respond to the ever-changing needs and variables on the ground, as well as command centres for enterprise operations. Driving optimum value by hitting variable targets, including dispatcher and operator expertise, equipment reliability, and responding to ground conditions, will ultimately impact both the top and bottom lines.

Who would benefit?

Every mining operation starts out with a plan. While smaller operations may not need automation, they still need to execute a plan that maximises functions common to all operations such as maintenance, refueling, safety, and sustainability.

As mining operations grow, things become incrementally more complex, and variables at the mine site become even more critical, requiring enhanced technology solutions. Hitting KPIs depends on multiple variables, including the skills and experience of dispatchers, equipment operators, the accuracy of road maps, weather conditions, and other factors. When bottlenecks occur, productivity can plummet, putting the best laid plans at risk.

This is where operators can benefit from an industry ecosystem that can develop agnostic solutions and tools that would optimise mining operations; automate and integrate the functions involving mixed fleet operations (all makes and models), harness data, analytics, and hardware to realise greater performance; and act as an incubator to accelerate the deployment of advanced mining applications across an entire industry.

As all mining operations evolve, the key to their continued growth and survival will lie in having access to the right tools, at the right time, that an entire industry – not just one company – has to offer.

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