Digital integration is no longer an option

In a volatile market, ensuring that mining operations perform as efficiently as possible is crucial. Digital technology assists in uniting, analysing, and managing engineering data, processes, and supply chain in an intelligent and efficient way. For many years the mining industry has lagged in the digital technology space. 

A couple of years ago, Deloitte published “The Digital Revolution: Mining starts to reinvent the future”( ), which explores how mining organisations can take advantage of digital technologies to create value, and describes a future digital mine, with reference to real examples of what is possible. The mining industry lags no more.

Integration is an important and powerful concept in the mining industry. “The industry needs solutions at a level whereby all or most systems used by mines are interconnected, integrated and process-shared data in real time,“ says Dirk Neethling, Business Development Manager at PetroMan South Africa.

PetroMan South Africa is a leader in comprehensive, leading-edge asset optimisation solutions, and the official supplier of PetroMan fuel management systems across several industries.

The mining industry value chain (Pit to Port) is the foundation of the industry. Companies that manage their value chain well can establish a significant source of competitive advantage and value creation. “Advances in Internet of Things (IoT) technology are enabling numerous low-cost, integrated asset and process optimisation benefits. These include automation and remote operation, real-time data capture, digital twinning, digitised geological, engineering and asset data, drones, wearables, improved visualisation, reporting and analysis, short interval control, future modelling, prediction and simulation, integrated data platforms, “re-imagined” cloud-based ERP, robotic process automation (RPA), network connectivity and bandwidth, IT OT convergence, and cyber security,” continues Neethling.

“Integrated solutions such as PetroMan (real-time monitoring of all hydrocarbons), Tandem (remote monitoring and control on Android devices), and many others, are no longer optional, but necessary for the improved efficiency, productivity, decision-making, data processing and profitability required by increasingly complex and volatile markets,” concludes Neethling.

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