Autonomy Lessons From Early Adopters

Autonomous and semi autonomous applications were terms once used to describe mines of the future, but that future is now. The industry as a whole is sold on the precision, efficiency and productivity benefits of autonomy, although we are still seeing a more conservative approach to adoption in Canadian mines.

Making the shift to semi-autonomous or fully autonomous applications is complex, particularly in remote locations. It often involves a complete redesign of the mine and an overhaul of existing processes. We’ve learned from early implementers that the biggest challenge isn’t the technology itself but the impact it has on people, process and technology. To be effective, a significant amount of time needs to be spent on change management with a strong focus on all three components. When working together, it can lead to an increase in productivity and improved bottom line.

Read the full article by Adam Brumwell, director of autonomous solutions and mining technology for Finning Canada, in Canadian Mining Journal.