BAEconomics Report Shows Benefits of Automation Technology in Mining Industry

According to the new research, the mining industry gets a world-first technology for the miners’ safety and better health, enhanced ecological benefits and usage of energy, and production efficiencies.

Rio Tinto commissioned a report from BAEconomics to look into the costs and advantages of autonomous technology. This report has finalized that money invested in mining innovation and technology will maintain continuous competitiveness and offer extensive economic advantages that highlight a strong mining industry.

The title of the report is “Autonomous and remote operation technologies in the mining industry: benefits and costs”. The report analyzes development of the new autonomous technology. Though the challenges and costs of automation in the mining are significant, the potential benefits are very high.

The report has concluded that the employees will be remotely communicating with automated systems and other control machineries. This eliminates the worker’s exposure to harmful mining environments, decreases the risk in case of safety and health and offers an attractive workplace. These new roles will widen the opportunities for employment.

John McGagh, Rio Tinto’s head of innovation has stated that the BAEconomics report has emphasized the complex challenges that the mining industry is facing. This industry faces less tier-one deposits, maturing ore bodies, complex geographies and fewer employees. The report has explained how these challenges are faced by these new autonomous technologies.

He added that the new technologies that are being analyzed strengthen the main position of Rio Tinto in the mining field. The company is introducing blast-hole drilling rigs, automated trucks, sorting trains and machines for the iron ore. All these equipment can be controlled by Perth-based Operations Centre.

The Future program has been evaluating Rio Tinto’s mine for the last four years and has an objective of identifying enhanced ways to mine and dig minerals, by increasing safety and reducing ecological impacts.

Source: http://www.riotinto.com/

Joel Scanlon

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Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, web programming, design, animation, database and networking, software and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

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