Maintenance automation could improve safety

WHILE much industry focus is on automation in mining equipment operation, the biggest safety and productivity improvements may be achieved from maintenance automation, according to Komatsu manager – longwall control and automation Brendan Nolan.

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Many injuries occurred during manual maintenance activities and other non-producing tasks.

Many injuries occurred during manual maintenance activities and other non-producing tasks, he told the Longwall 2019 conference in the Hunter Valley.

"There are 168 hours in a week," he said.