While digitalisation is already a reality in many areas of manufacturing, the global mining industry has only recently woken to the many advantages it offers.
– “Right now, mines are very excited about digitalisation. Nearly all of our customers have formed or are in the process of forming digitalisation strategies. Each mine is unique, and the same tools may not be suited for everyone. Over the past two and a half years, we have observed a marked shift in customer behaviour as understanding has grown of the increasing importance of automation and digitalisation,” says Business Line Manager Ville Svensberg, responsible for the digitalisation of Sandvik mining equipment in the Asia-Pacific region based in Australia.
Digitalisation represents a major shift that affects both people and electronic systems. For a variety of reasons, its introduction has been and remains a challenge for many types of business operations. They find themselves in unfamiliar territory and are often unsure where to begin or what kinds of systems and equipment are needed. Some companies have been reluctant to invest in digitalisation over fears of its impact on employees and workplaces. Still others have shown interest in the new technologies but may lack the necessary funding.