Rockwell Automation has unveiled its Connected Mine solution to address operational challenges, including process efficiencies, cost control, worker health and safety, and skills gaps in the mining industry.

Mining companies will be able to gather and aggregate data using Connecting Mine, for obtaining end-to-end visibility into their operations and make informed business decisions to enhance mining operations.

The companies can also benefit from the improved visibility of processes, equipment performance as well as supply chain.

Rockwell Automation market development manager Fabio Mielli said: “One mining company improved production at a mine site by almost 15% by implementing a simulator that provides operators real-time recovery targets that are automatically updated based on ever-changing feed grades.

“The Connected Mine concept provides our global mining customers with the digital infrastructure needed to tap into exciting new technologies for optimised operations.”

The system can be used to improve various areas of mining operations such as extraction, process management and optimisation, material handling, and mine electrification.

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“One mining company improved production at a mine site by almost 15% by implementing a simulator.”

Other areas where the solution can be used include asset performance, worker safety and efficiency, and mine-to-market integration.

The new concept is built on application expertise, alliances with system integrators, equipment manufacturers and technology providers.

Rockwell Automation offers specific solutions that address the critical challenges in the mining industry, using its combination of expertise in motor control, process, power and energy management, and information solutions.