Ep. 6 Autonomous, VR. & Remote Mining Technology

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Ep. 6 Autonomous, VR. & Remote Mining Technology

Experts in the mining industry are increasingly promoting the fact that automation leads to increased productivity and profitability in mines. With stricter regulations in place, expensive equipment and ever rising skilled labour issues, mining is already considered a ‘heavy expense’ industry. Mine operators have been looking for an alternative where they are able to cut costs and increase productivity and automation in mining is that alternative.  Crownsmen Partners President Jerrod Downey and Director of Management and Training Gaudy Molina discuss the benefits and threats of automation in mining during the Crownsmen Podcast.

Automation does present a big threat to mining jobs for example Suncor Energy plans to automate its entire truck fleet and threatens up to 400 jobs. This also puts pressure on government to compensate for lost jobs.

To address the threats with safety, change management jobs etc. the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) has established the Autonomous Mining Working Group (AMWG) which will be tasked to lead this transition of mining from labour intensive to automated mining and minimize the threats and ill effects.

Overall Crownsmen Partners believes that the long term  benefits of automation in mining outweigh the short term threats. Although, the industry is a long way from complete automation, it is moving fast and mine operators and manufacturers are preparing themselves to address these needs in the future.

Watch full interview: Industrial Automated Rail Systems for Mining

Read full industry report – Mining and Automation

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  1. Roger says:

    You mention the 400 jobs lost if Suncor automates it’s fleet. Many of these jobs have to be replaced on the technical side, and we should be looking for the government to lower taxes on businesses instead of subsidizing more.

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