Hostile Conditions for Data Communications and Processing
Data communications and processing are the key to make mining more transparent, safer and environmental friendly.
Connectivity is key to harvesting large-scale data in the connected mine, but remote location, extreme depths, confined spaces, and non-symmetric mine topology introduce challenging conditions for data communication.
Wired networks have limited range, are expensive and highly vulnerable to the physical impact caused by in-pit operations of mining equipment. Cellular and short-range solutions such as Wi-Fi fail to deliver sufficient coverage and consistently reliable signals in underground and hard-to-reach sprawling mines.
For different mining environments, Dadax offers users different data communication and processing solutions.
Drive Operation Excellence & Safety in the Connected Mine with Dadax IoT Solutions
The dadaxNet IoT platform and dadaxBox Smart Terminals provides robust connectivity and processing that fuels massive data analysis and application, which can be turned into actionable intelligence to enhance efficiency, productivity and safety while reducing costs and waste in mining operations.
Real-time Asset Tracking, Remote Diagnostics & Predictive Maintenance
Enable real-time remote diagnostics, troubleshooting and asset tracking across the entire mine. Plan corrective maintenance and procurement of spare parts to prevent asset downtime and stay ahead of expensive production losses.
Emission and Groundwater Level Monitoring
Control emission levels and threshold limit values to sustain a secure working environment that complies with safety standards. Monitor changes in groundwater levels in real-time and perform timely and effective pumping to prevent excessive inflows, avoiding contamination and underground flooding.
After-blast & Environmental Monitoring
Instantly inform operators and miners of environmental safety conditions and hazards. Reduce unnecessary wait times and enable quick turnaround after blasts to increase productivity.
Worker Safety Wearables & Rock Bolt Monitoring
Track workers’ health and environment in real-time such as temperature, humidity, radiation, noise and gas levels. Notify managers of fatigue, exhaustion, and “out-of-tolerance” incidents and ensure miners receive timely warnings of potential hazards. Install rock bolt sensors to assess integrity and reduce fatal risk of ground falls.
Continuously monitor air quality and air flows in different areas of the mine and adjust fan speed as necessary. Ensure ventilation is only activated in active work zones to reducing operational costs and environmental footprint.
MINING INDUSTRY VISION 2025
Today the mining industry is catching up with other industries in becoming technology driven. In many ways, mining is even taking a lead role. While autonomous cars are still in the early stages, autonomous mining trucks in mining are now a reality. But mining companies cannot afford to be complacent.
The current pace of technological advancements has the most profound impact on enabling how mining companies transform themselves to respond to their operational and customers’ needs and to market trends.
Mining companies need to “mine smarter” to respond to the global shift to sustainable energy and to take advantage of autonomous assets and agile operations. Importantly, they still have to keep running safer and eco-friendly.
In 2025, mining companies will be real – time enterprises with a more customer – centric focus. They will embrace new business models thanks to IoT etc. technologies application.
Robots, autonomous equipment, and better insights into production through real-time operational data will lead to significant productivity gains through better usage of equipment, better allocation of teams, and being able to do more with less.
Collection of real-time data from operational equipment, autonomous vehicles, and drones from remote control centers and wearable technologies on workers will provide deep visibility into mining operations and improve safety and efficiency. Modeling mine operations as digital twins will enable mining companies to analyze and monitor data to prevent issues before they occur, avoid downtime, and even simulate future circumstances and events.
Mining companies will take advantage of digitalization by connected assets and applying artificial intelligence – for example, in predicting mineral grades and mine modeling.
Digital tools such as robotic process automation （RPA） for repetitive tasks, like invoice matching or procurement processes, will enhance and transform internal and external processes, and drive even more productivity gains.
Of major mining companies by 2019 will have initiated workforce transformation, focusing on digital technologies to increase productivity, safety, and collaboration.
Annual savings as a result of predictive maintenance by 2025.
Increased productivity in mining since in 2014; this is still 40% lower than the baseline in 2004.
Investments in Digital
Of mining executives said they expect to increase investments in digital technology in the next three years.
Note: Outlined below is external research that was used as supporting material for upper data and statement.
- “Scoping Paper: Mining and Metals in a Sustainable World,” World Economic Forum Mining & Metals Industry Partnership in collaboration with Accenture, February 2014.
- “The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value Beyond the Hype,” McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company, June 2015.
- “The Missing Link in Mining – Company Productivity: People,” McKinsey & Company, May 2018.
- “Digital in Mining: Progress and Opportunity ,” Accenture Consulting, 2017.
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