Mechanisation & Operational Automation
An in-depth understanding of the Drivers for increased mechanisation is important to ensure that mechanization is not adopted for the wrong reasons.
The two top Drivers for embarking on mechanization are:
Increased productivity leading to lower unit/ton produces, and this also allows for flexibility to realise extraction of lower grade reserves.
Improved safety by removing workers from high “risk areas” and reducing the incidence of low-skilled work.
Increased productivity improving overall productivity is probably the most important driver for increased mechanization.
We apply a Six-step approach to assist in the multi-criteria decision making process:
Identify the need for change
Evaluate and “Weight” the criteria
Identify the options available
Calculate the best option based on the weighted criteria
Implement and measure outcome
Audit and re-align where required