Mining technology is constantly evolving to meet the ever-increasing demands of the industry. In the past, miners relied on simple hand tools and explosives to break through rock. Today, mining companies use sophisticated Technology to extract mineral resources more efficiently and safely.
Some of the most popular pieces of mining technology include:
1. Automated Mining Systems
Automated Mining is on the rise, with companies such as Caterpillar and Hitachi developing new autonomous machines that can operate without human intervention. These machines are equipped with sensors and computers that allow them to make real-time decisions. This Technology is helping to improve safety in the mining industry by reducing the number of people who are exposed to hazardous conditions.
2. Mining drones
Mining companies are using drones to survey potential mining sites and map out the terrain. Drones can also be used to inspect equipment and infrastructure, such as conveyor belts. This Technology is helping miners save time and money by reducing the need for on-site surveys.
3. Wearable Technology
Wearable technology is becoming increasingly popular in the mining industry. This type of Technology can be used to monitor the health and safety of workers. It can also be used to track equipment and resources.
4. 3D printing
3D printing is being used in the mining industry to create parts for machinery and equipment. This technology is helping to reduce downtime by allowing companies to quickly and easily create replacement parts.
5. Big data and A.I.
Mining companies are using big data and artificial intelligence (A.I.) to improve the efficiency of their operations. AI-powered software can identify data patterns that can help miners decide where to mine and how to operate their equipment. Big data is also being used to improve safety in the mining industry by helping companies track and predict accidents.
The use of Technology in the mining industry is helping to improve safety, increase efficiency and reduce costs. As the industry continues to evolve, we can expect to see even more innovative technologies being used to extract mineral resources.
This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker/SMC. For nearly a half a century, Becker Mining has been at the forefront of safety, producing the best arc guard in the industry. Becker/SMC is the industry’s leader in increasingly more sophisticated electrical control systems. Most of the major innovations, design features and specialized electrical components have been developed by Becker/SMC.