Approaching Change One Step at a Time

Approaching Change One Step at a Time

During a recent holiday in the country, I asked a local for directions to a well-known landmark we were planning to visit for the day. “I wouldn’t start from here” was his response.

But “here” was exactly where I was!

And “here” is where you are in your journey toward developing a connected, data-driven mining operation.

If you’re looking at changing the way you’re doing business, you have no choice but to start with what you’re doing currently. Are you facing any (or all) of these issues?

  • Managing aging equipment
  • Keeping abreast of changing regulations
  • Riding the wave of evolving workforce dynamics and volatile market prices

Whatever the difficulties, if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got, and nothing will change.

Mining companies across the globe are exploring not just new territories and techniques, but new technologies and business models that enable them to operate more safely, efficiently and profitably in the market conditions they face.

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For many operators, a good first step is to conduct an assessment of legacy equipment to identify areas for providing better value.

Costs of maintenance and spare parts add up quickly, and lack of wider connectivity and visibility eat into operational profits and hamper progress.

Across industries, advances in technology are now making it possible to radically improve operational efficiency.

Smart, connected assets give operators access to real-time information that allows them to make better operational and business decisions.

Quality and timeliness of this information can help prevent disruptions that would otherwise lead to downtime and compromised employee safety.

These advances are termed differently in different sectors.

In mining, we’ve begun to talk about The Connected Mine, where every aspect of plant operations is connected and visible, from people and processes to mobile devices, moving assets and stationary equipment.

With a Connected Mine, the right people have the right information at the right time, which means you can achieve more efficient production and increased asset value.

Enabling a Connected Mine usually begins with updating or replacing outdated legacy equipment with a modern DCS that provides better information for maintenance and management, along with an integrated architecture and mobility that makes the most of the opportunities that exist.

Phased migration allows operators to continue to maintain output and deliver on targets, while making tangible, affordable improvements to equipment and processes.

To learn more about The Connected Mine and how it’s changing the way companies approach their mining operations, read our Connected Mine eBook.

Jose A. Beas
Posted July 28, 2017 By Jose A. Beas, Mining Industry Manager Latin America, Rockwell Automation
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