Mining catching up with manufacturing automation

THE mining industry faces challenges to automation not experienced by manufacturing, such as remoteness, unevenness of ore bodies and hostile underground operating conditions; however, Australian mining management is slowly changing its attitudes towards integrating automation into operations to overcome these obstacles.

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Automation in mining is slowly being integrated into operations

Current approaches to automation focus on a command and control model which relies heavily on pervasive networks from the decision making servers to the controlled equipment, according to Accenture