Rio Tinto has unveiled its Analytics Excellence Centre in Pune, India, in a bid to improve equipment productivity across its global operations.
The company has joined forces with IGATE to develop the new centre, which is its latest phase of 'Mine of the Future' programme.
The company will begin mining big data from the new centre, which would assess bulk volumes of data captured by the array of sensors attached to its fixed and mobile equipment.
This will allow experts to predict and prevent engine breakdowns and other downtime events, which further helps to increase productivity and safety.
Data scientists in the Analytics Excellence Centre will use predictive mathematics, machine learning and advanced modelling and work to identify a range of problems prior to their occurrence.
This analysis is expected to cut maintenance costs and production losses from unplanned breakdowns.
Rio Tinto group executive technology and innovation Greg Lilleyman said: "The Analytics Excellence Centre will allow us to extract maximum value from the data we are capturing around the performance of our equipment, making our operations more predictable, efficient and safer.
"This is a world-first for the mining industry and is all part of Rio Tinto's relentless pursuit of productivity gains across our businesses."
"The centre will help us predict the future through the use of advanced data analytic techniques to pinpoint with incredible accuracy the operating performance of our equipment."
Image: Rio Tinto, autonomous haulage trucks, West Angelas minesite: Photo: courtesy of Christian Sprogoe Photography.