When was the last time you rented a video cassette or bought a roll of film for a camera? The fast pace of technology in today’s world means that new and better processes and products are constantly replacing old, outdated ones. Nowhere is this more true than in the mining sector where autonomous equipment, AI, Industry 4.0 and big data are rapidly transforming mine sites.
Here are three tips to ensure your operation remains at the forefront of the changes.
Do your research
You can’t benefit from a disruptive new solution if you don’t know about it. Use industry media and websites to keep abreast of new developments being released by OEMs and perhaps being used by competitors. Maintain a relationship with trusted dealers.
Keep an open mind to new products
There was a time when canaries and candle-powered headlamps were cutting-edge equipment in mines. We can thank past mine operators who were willing to try new things for the advanced technologies found in today’s mines. Be prepared to try something new.
Create a culture in your organisation where staff are rewarded for thinking laterally and embracing change. Some of the best ideas for innovation will come from within your organisation.
CR Mining understands the importance of new product development to optimising mining processes. Take CR’s Get Trakka sensor technology for ground engaging tools (GET). The system actively monitors the state of GET on your equipment, alerting operators to breakages and enhancing productivity. Learn more about our Get Trakka technology.