Culture and training essential for greater longwall automation: Wilson

IN ORDER for new longwall automation to deliver greater productivity and safety there must be buy-in by the workforce at the face as well at the site management level, according to former Peabody Energy veteran and principal of SBW Mining Steve Wilson.

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Culture and training essential for greater longwall automation: Wilson Culture and training essential for greater longwall automation: Wilson Culture and training essential for greater longwall automation: Wilson Culture and training essential for greater longwall automation: Wilson Culture and training essential for greater longwall automation: Wilson

Site management must ensure that training and culture at the face support longwall automation.

A progressive site management will be prepared to tackle barriers to automation posed by unwillingness to embrace technology with properly focused training programs and changes to company culture, he told the Longwall 2018 conference in the Hunter Valley recently. 
 
"Automation is a double edged sword - operators need to realise that there are two ways to go: embrace it and become an indispensable ‘gun', or take the ostrich approach and quickly devolve into a ‘dinosaur'," he said.
 
"Roles may change but the requirement for people to be around the face will always be there."
 
Experienced face operators will still be required in any foreseeable future scenarios but site manageme...