Mining, both underground and open pit, are complex systems where many interacting processes, such as drilling, blasting, fragmentation, loading, hauling, hoisting, ground control, ventilation and logistics, need to be coordinated.
Each of these operations needs to be improved and optimised to produce an efficient process, both from an environmental and an economic perspective.
Security first and foremost
Extending mining to deeper levels in the ground poses new challenges. Stability becomes an issue, and increased planning is required for efficient logistics. Automation contributes to increased employee safety since they no longer need to be present at the production face in the mine.
A fully automated mine without human presence in production areas is the goal. This will contribute to a better working situation for employees. In addition, environmental gains are obtained since a larger proportion of the ore can be extracted with less energy consumption.