Mining

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing oil and gas field and underground mining machinery and equipment.

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Miners Are Relying More on Robots. Now They Need Workers to Operate Them.

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Author: Rhiannon Hoyle

Vertical: Mining

Organizations: Rio Tinto, Fortescue, Teck Resources

In this remote corner of western Australia, surrounded by clusters of low-lying scrub and red rocky outcrop, the world’s second-biggest mining company has built its most technologically advanced mine. For Rio Tinto, PLC finding the workers to run the new high-tech operation is a challenge.

Automation helped miners to become more efficient and avoid disruptions triggered by the pandemic, when sudden border closures marooned workers who used to jet in from afar for their shifts. But the companies’ investments are doing little to solve a broader labor crisis affecting an industry that still needs a large staff to keep their operations running smoothly.

Read more at Wall Street Journal (Paid)

Moving mining forward: Reducing downtime during mill relining

A new perspective on the mining industry

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Author: Fleur Doidge

Topics: Sustainability, Blockchain

Vertical: Mining

Organizations: Minexx

Certain geologies and structures ultimately have different vulnerabilities. Entering known data into a simulated environment or kind of digital twin, can help figure out the unknowns, assisting miners to decide where and how to apply their efforts. This is essential for remotely managed or autonomous vehicles that can achieve low waste, and efficient extractions in harsh or dangerous locations. Autonomous vehicles can actually extend operation hours, increasing productivity as well as reducing the use of energy hungry and personnel centred equipment. In an IoT network these may increasingly incorporate ‘intelligent’ or ‘smart’ devices that not only store or transmit but process data – as in a ‘smart factory’. “We’re seeing opportunities with sustainability oriented projects in Canada and Europe,” Sym-Smith says.

Minexx’s software platform uses blockchain digital distributed ledger, payments, biometric and IoT technologies to create much-needed trust and transparency around quality and methods of production. This helps clients manage aspects of know your customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering regulations as well, giving them and the artisanal miners access to markets and better prices. “Once data is on the blockchain, you can’t change it. Then essentially you give the manufacturer the key,” Scaramanga says.

Read more at The Engineer

KoBold Metals Raises $192.5 Million to Use AI to Find Battery Minerals

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Author: Rhiannon Hoyle

Vertical: Mining

Organizations: KoBold Metals, BHP

KoBold aims to change the mind-set of an industry that has long relied heavily on sampling soil and sediment and drilling holes in the ground to determine whether areas contain valuable minerals. While the company still leans on those techniques, it hopes to limit the chances of failure by drawing on machine learning and other scientific computing techniques.

In September [2021], KoBold formed an exploration alliance with BHP, the world’s largest mining company by market value. It is one of a number of partnerships it has with resources companies world-wide.

Read more at Wall Street Journal (Paid)

Accelerating mining safety and smart mines with limitless connectivity

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Authors: Filip Mestanov, Kirstin Sym-Smith

Topics: safety, 5G

Vertical: Mining

Organizations: Ericsson

Digitalization can have a tremendous impact on safety, giving mine operators a clearer picture of the full breadth of operations, monitoring critical factors like air quality and tunnel strength. An optimized mine, especially one with the latest in 5G-enabled private networks, can give miners those crucial seconds that can save lives.

As private wireless networks, including the latest generation in 5G, help revolutionize mission critical industries across the country, mining stands out as a place where connectivity can foster major improvements, from safety to efficiency and productivity to better sustainability. Mine operations can be optimized by collecting and analyzing tracking data on the precise location and performance of vehicles, equipment and personnel.

Read more at Ericsson Blog

An App for Bulk Material Handling and Analysis in Cement Manufacturing

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Topics: material handling, conveyor system

Vertical: Mining, Nonmetallic Mineral

Organizations: Thermo Fisher

Cement analyzers provide real-time online elemental analysis of an entire raw material process stream using technologies like Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA) and Pulsed Fast Thermal Neutron Activation (PFTNA) technology. These analyzers can aid in consistent stockpile quality, reduced chemistry variability, decreased kiln upsets​ and kiln fuel cost​s, extended quarry life, and minimized use of highest cost materials.

Read more at ThermoFisher Blog

Reducing Energy Costs by 8% by Optimizing Autogenous Mills

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Topics: digital transformation, energy consumption

Vertical: Mining, Pulp and Paper

Organizations: METRON

The grinding process alone accounts for 80% of the energy consumption. It consists of pulverizing limestone blocks to obtain the calcium carbonate used as a mineral filler in paper pulp.

Mills are the plant’s main equipment:

  • 5 x 355 kW autogenous mills operating without prior crushing;
  • 20 electric mills of various powers between 250 and 355 kW.

The case presented concerns only the autogenous mills, which are the most energy-consuming.

Read more at METRON Blog

Mining 4.0 with SampleManager LIMS

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Author: David Hernandez

Topics: digital transformation

Vertical: Mining

Organizations: Thermo Fisher

The mining industry presents unique and complex challenges when it comes to data management. Responding to international regulations, integrating technologies used in different business units, controlling accurate inventory data and reliably managing mineral information are critical needs.

Companies in the mining industry need to efficiently manage all the variables that come into play, especially considering that it is a long production chain made up of diverse units that are physically separated from each other. Integrating the laboratory data with the rest of the production chain is key to improving operations and unlocking growth.

Read more at Thermo Fisher Blog

Why resources companies are looking to evented APIs

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Author: Ryan Grondal

Topics: industrial control system

Vertical: Mining, Petroleum and Coal

Organizations: MuleSoft

Resources companies that want to get the most value from their data will process it the instant that it is created. The longer that data is left unprocessed, the more it diminishes in value. Operational excellence can be driven by evented APIs that can produce, detect, consume, and react to events occurring within the technology ecosystem.

Evented APIs can be applied to our example use case to deliver an autonomous feedback loop that incorporates smarter decision making in real-time.

Read more at MuleSoft Blog

Using AI to Find Essential Battery Materials

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Author: @mariagallucci

Topics: AI, materials science

Vertical: Mining

Organizations: KoBold Metals, IBM, IEEE

KoBold’s AI-driven approach begins with its data platform, which stores all available forms of information about a particular area, including soil samples, satellite-based hyperspectral imaging, and century-old handwritten drilling reports. The company then applies machine learning methods to make predictions about the location of compositional anomalies—that is, unusually high concentrations of ore bodies in the Earth’s subsurface.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum

How did one of the world's largest robots end up here?

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Vertical: Mining, Railroad

Organizations: Rio Tinto

The autonomous train, consisting of three locomotives and carrying around 28,000 tonnes of iron ore, travelled over 280 kilometres from our mining operations in Tom Price to the port of Cape Lambert. It was monitored remotely by operators from our Operations Centre in Perth more than 1,500 kilometres away. Our AutoHaul™ team at the Operations Centre in Perth continued to hone the technology, running thousands of hours of tests. The AutoHaul™ project was made fully operational in June 2019, making it the world’s first fully autonomous, long distance, heavy-haul rail network.

“The time-saving benefit is enormous because the train network is a core part of the mining operation. If we can prevent those stoppages, we can keep the network ticking over, allowing more ore to be transported to the ports and shipped off more efficiently,” says Lido. “The other major benefit is safety,” he continues. “We are removing the need to transport drivers 1.5 million kilometres each year to and from trains as they change their shift. This high-risk activity is something that driverless trains will largely reduce.”

Read more at Rio Tinto News