Today’s mining world is no different to any previous era; the most
efficient and effective mining companies always do best. The difference between
contemporary business and those pre-2000 is the wealth of technology that
mining companies have access to.
Mobile devices, both smartphone
and tablets are revolutionising our lives as well as the workplace, making
business more integrated and decision-making a straightforward process. Mining
companies and other related industries are also starting to reap benefits of
using mobility within their actual day to day operations.
With features such as a camera,
GPS timestamping, RFID readers and a touchscreen, mobile devices can present a
valuable tool for employees and other stakeholders. Mining sites can take
advantage of the intuit knowledge of the modern workforce with mobile devices
and digital technologies, replacing pen and paper much like the first PCs
retired the typewriter 30 years ago.
The modern workplace is
digital, in the cloud, on servers and accessible 24/7. Many industries are
seeing the rewards of switching to a digitally empowered workforce in their
efficiency. According to industry studies, many routine inspections, such as
OH&S/OHSE, maintenance, operator rounds, shut downs or ISO compliance, can
experience time savings of 30%-35%; just by paper elimination.
Apps and software solutions are
easily updateable, considerably more so than printed check sheets and manuals,
and can be distributed with tremendous ease. Employees can take advantage of
built in suggestive corrective actions, or a wider decision-based logic
Work from different employees
can be easily collated and fed back to the control room or back office as well
as to systems like Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS),
OH&S, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for easy oversight by the
right people. When results and information has been collected, diverse reports
can show how the data matches company KPIs, and how well the mine site complies
with regulations or standards. Such reports metrics can be then redistributed
to the relevant stakeholders to show what needs to be improved or sought to or
sent 3rd parties.
When considering taking your mine
site digital it’s important to remember the plethora of benefits if done
correctly. Higher efficiency in both the workplace and more effective employees
lead to better results, but only if there is a solid structured system in place
to facilitate it.
So what’s the best way to
making sure you lead your business down the digital road safely? Find a
digitally savvy, experienced company that has staff to guide you through the
paperless process and the digital transformation.