The unfortunate reality of mining is that the heydays have passed. That may sound incredibly negative, but with the power of modern technology companies can see far greater profits than they ever have before. More and more companies are adopting a digital philosophy and soon, the ones that don’t, will fall by the wayside. In this article, we’ll be zoning in on one particular aspect of digitizing the mining industry, short interval control. Over the past few years, the mining industry has seen a huge uptick in short interval control, among those expressing a positive outlook for SIC is the Global Mining Guidelines Group. Here’s why they, and so many others, have been moving towards a digital future.
Over the past few years, the mining industry has seen a huge uptick in short interval control, among those expressing a positive outlook for SIC is the Global Mining Guidelines Group.
Instruction in Real Time:
Being able to provide miners with real-time updates on tasks, nearby hazards and equipment locations is incredibly valuable. These features provide supervisors with a constant connection to their operators and means an almost guaranteed boost in productivity.
Live Problem Solving:
The ability to connect operators at the source of a problem to someone who is capable of fixing it means a massive decrease in wasted time when problems inevitably pop up. It isn’t practical to try and train everyone on every problem they could encounter, but SIC allows the right people to be connected to the right place, at the touch of a button.
A massive amount of time is lost because of poor resource management. SIC enabled digital applications provide a simple, yet effective, solution.
Shift Monitoring and Decision Making:
As mining becomes increasingly competitive, supervisors have to think at a higher level and learn to adapt quickly, day by day. SIC provides them with all the data necessary to make informed decisions and shift plans.
Resource Location Management:
A massive amount of time is lost because of poor resource management. SIC enabled digital applications provide a simple, yet effective, solution. By placing GPS trackers on all the important equipment (ex. Haulers) around a mine, operators won’t ever have to begin a shift by hunting down equipment.
With all the data that SIC enabled applications provide, it is more probable than ever that mines can see better productivity with every passing day. The power of the ability to tweak decisions based on accurate data is one that can be underestimated.
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