Mining is becoming increasingly inefficient, with productivity seeing a “9.8 percent drop” over the past decade. The increase in manufacturing of electrical products that need combinations of rare Earth metals and minerals underlines the importance of mining, giving it the potential to become a leading industry again.
But overall safety for mine workers is a concern, as mining accidents across the world in the past few years created international frenzies. Seamless communication through mines is crucial to efficiency, productivity and worker safety in order to avert disaster.
In 2006, the MINER Act (Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response) required all operating mines to have underground wireless communication. Current mine owners are happy with the communication measures, but are ready to make their strategies more sophisticated, ensuring long-term safety and sustainability.
This positive outlook is aided by the advance in mine site technologies as well, with industry leaders opting to automate the efforts of loading and hauling vehicles, roof bolting and drilling.
The 2nd Mine Site Automation and Communications Forum covers key issues regarding the advancement of the mining industry, including:
• Interoperability of automated mine systems
• Training on how to evaluate & use new technologies
• Software solutions for mine planning
• Fiber optic communications
• State and federal regulations regarding mining
• Managing real-time equipment statistics & data
For further resources, including past brochures and interviews with industry professionals regarding mine site automation and communication, please visit www.minesiteforum.com or contact Program Director Natasia Langfelder at Natasia.Langfelder@
Daniel Jaffe, (212) 885-6034