Forward Thinking: Key Mining Trends For 2021

The digital transformation for mining is here and more businesses than ever before are switching over to remote capabilities for any digital transformation for sustainability in their mining operations. Switching over to remote services is accelerating and by the end of this year there’s going to be a reduction in equipment downtime due to predictive maintenance and data acquisition as well as enhanced safety for mining personnel. Connected mining means that it’s getting easier to make better use of digitized data for your assets and applications as well as equipment analysis. Business owners are able to work or make decisions as well as rapidly gather data that can be used for predictive analysis and improvements across the state of any mining operation. Through the assistance of this data collection in mining it is possible for companies to make rapid decisions and to continue monitoring the environmental effects of their business.

Digital applications are remote in their nature today and this is eliminating risks for operators. Specific maintenance oriented algorithms are able to properly alert and predict when maintenance needs are required and when a service disruption might take place. Augmented reality applications provide remote assistance and repair and the level of automation and instrumentation ensure that minors can be kept out of harm’s way in difficult or deadly situations.

Automated solutions in mining are leading to a skill transformation in the industry. Many people in the industry have been forced to release skills or to take on training in easier automation systems and intelligence software. With this mix of technology and the need to change skills we are seeing the industry grow more efficiently than ever before and worker safety increasing alongside this efficiency.

If you’re interested in learning more about the mining trends for the year 2021 and beyond, contact us today to find out about what we have planned for the future of mining.

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 ground monitor 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.