Mining is on the edge of the succeeding industrial revolution, driven majorly by data technologies being developed for consumers, and this point, it'll be available to mines of any size. Some might agree the “modern” age of computer-driven technology in mines began within the 1980s with computer-based dispatch and machine health alarms. The concentrator plants came up alongside other process-based dealings including SCADA, and subsequently historians and expert systems, alongside other process-based technologies. Large volumes of knowledge and therefore the data science to process that data has existed for an extended time but had not garnered much attention, until now.
During the super-cycle, large mines invested during a generation and elegance of technology that had been proven over the last decade previously. Dispatch systems, to advance truck, movements to shovels, and operator aids, like a drill analyzing system to assist the operators, also generated important volumes of information through onboard computers. Large in size, yet low-volume in manufacturing, custom-designed hardened computers, touch screens, external GPS, were installed within the mobile equipment, the info sent over expensive in-pit Wi-Fi systems, landing in organized databases in an office server, and whose key output was nominal reports. The business model was to form high margins on the hardware and recurring revenue from a typical support package. These systems have, and still, produce information like machine health, drilling records, mobile Fleet Management Systems (FMS) production analyzing, and time-series data. CIOs are very successful at deploying these technologies and supporting the reporting tools. However, my data remains highly underutilized, as most mine managers and engineers would attest. Few companies even monitor the info utilization. like all asset that's the results of the investment, it must have high utilization so as to maximize the return on investment. the primary step to maximizing the worth of knowledge is to watch its use and make someone quantitatively accountable.
Due to the value, complexity in deployment, use, and support, only the most important mines are ready to afford the current-gen technologies for mobile fleet management. Therefore small and medium-sized coal mines, nearly all cluster and cement (limestone) mines, most medium and smaller underground mines, civil earth-moving attributes, and industrial mineral sites cannot provide current-gen mobile equipment monitoring and optimization technologies.