A great productivity shift is required
Challenges facing the mining industry
In addition to the productivity shift, the industry is also being driven by a plethora of challenges including, but not limited to:
Here we take a look at some of the challenges and the role technology can play.
Improved safety requirements
Managing aging assets
Low productivity and efficiency
Islands of automation
Lack of collaboration
Recruitment, retaining skills and aging workforce
The future of mining, lies in automation and integration.
An integrated view
ABB refers to the “Internet of Things, Services, and People” (IoTSP) when talking about the vision of integrated industry.
Key components of the IoTSP :
Things, Services, and People
Things or devices are equipped with sensors, computing power and software. For many years already they have been capable of communicating with one another. These devices are already used in ABB’s automation and network control systems serving customers worldwide. Such devices can be regarded as essential components of an ‘Industrial IntRAnet’.
New technologies such as mobile communication or cloud computing help to evolve the Industrial IntRAnet towards the Industrial IntERnet. Essential properties of today’s solutions (eg, plant safety, reliability) remain relevant. Other requirements like cyber security and data privacy will become more important for all players along the IoTSP value chain.
Services will become more advanced through the use of data analytics. Analytics solutions in the IoTSP will provide new opportunities to optimize operations. However, if the analytics results are not turned into improvement actions, customer benefits remain low. ABB sees the evolution towards an IoTSP as an opportunity for new service models that implement the identified improvements in collaboration with partners and customers.
People will not be obsolete in a world of IoTSP as they remain in control of the entire production process. People will be the decision makers, and will program and control all activities performed by things.
ABB’s customers value investment protection for their existing installations. ABB is introducing new technologies compatible with the installed base, without compromising safety or reliability. Implementation of the IoTSP will require common standards. ABB is supporting the development of such standards to improve interoperability throughout the industrial community.
Changes of paradigms
4th Industrial Revolution
Solutions from mine to market
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