The mining industry has a productivity problem. McEwen Mining has opened its Toronto office to the industry’s leaders and big thinkers to begin looking for solutions.
Here are some of their ideas.
Clearing the commercial hurdle
There is no lack of innovation, argues Douglas Morrison of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation. Countless examples can be found rusting in the back lots of many mines. “If there is no support in the marketplace for a new piece of technology, it will fail,” he explains. It is CEMI’s task to ensure good ideas make the difficult leap to commercialization and adoption.
Predictive analytics at the mine site
The received wisdom that emerged from Alberta’s oil sands mines was that the tarry ground conditions were too hard on the frames of the haul trucks. Although the trucks were designed to last 15 to 20 years, their frames would often crack in less than half that time.
Operators concluded it was a cost of operation unique to the sector. The application of wireless sensors in both the truck and shovel told a different story.
This is just one in a series of examples Scanimetrics’ Steven Slupsky shares which highlight how sensor technology has taken the guesswork out of asset and process monitoring.
These presentations are part of McEwen Mining’s Innovation Lunch and Learn Series, hosted at the company’s Toronto office. The videos are produced by Toronto Corporate Video Productions.