Mining: news on mining & construction machines

Digitization has long since reached the mining industry. bauma 2019 will again show you the current mining trends: advantages of autonomous driving; developments in work safety and remote control; important information on the future use of electric drives in mining; and the promotion of sustainability and environmental protection in mining—find out about the most relevant mining news in Hall C2 and the Outdoor Exhibition Areas FM and FN.

 

Autonomous driving in the mining industry

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The development of autonomously driving construction machinery is progressing, but greatly challenges the mining industry due to ever-changing work situations. Although there are virtually no standardized procedures on construction sites, the industry sees huge potential in autonomously driving construction equipment. In addition to reducing staff and saving money, the construction machinery industry hopes for an increased safety on the construction site and for rising the productivity. At bauma, you will learn more about autonomous driving and the (future) fields of application in mining.

Sustainable mining? Innovations and alternatives

Minimizing the consumption of resources and reducing the use of energy are the trend-setting topics in mining. New technologies and the use of alternative energies are the long-term objective for a more environmentally friendly extraction of necessary raw materials. In future, sustainability shall be promoted with regard to

  • conservation of resources: ecological approach;
  • savings: economic approach;
  • health: social and cultural approach.

Just as all commodity-producing sectors the mining industry therefore relies on cost-effective and environmentally sound extraction alternatives. In addition to treatment and recycling, sustainability in mining also means efficient and resource-saving planning of new extraction sites.

Bioleaching

Ore becomes a precious metal: in biogenic processes, special microorganisms are used to obtain valuable metals from ores by bioleaching. This non-polluting procedure is increasingly gaining in importance in mining, as it

  • complements traditional extraction techniques;
  • consumes less energy;
  • produces no CO2 emissions;
  • supersedes the use of chemicals;
  • simplifies processes.

This new technique is one possible alternative to conventional mining—sustainable, environmentally compatible and energy-saving.

Work safety in the mining industry: new potentials thanks to technology!

The working conditions in mining make it necessary to specially protect every worker. The work in the dark, extremely poor visibility and an extreme loudness poses many challenges to the occupational safety in mining. Here in particular, new technologies offer a great opportunity to increase safety and the mine’s productivity. In the bauma Forum in Hall C2 of bauma 2019, you will find out the current development status of international safety standards and what applications and remote-controlled systems can be used in the future.

Remote control: using remote-controlled mining machines

The extraction of raw materials is costly, and mining equipment is especially designed for the conditions in mining. Hence, the machines used underground need to withstand g-forces, vibrations and significant changes in weather conditions and temperature. Here, it is vital that mining machines are reliable, durable and efficient. By optimizing the machines via a software, remote control allows the machines to be operated more efficiently and cost-effectively. Charge times and capacities are optimized, interruptions and wear are minimized and the risks for the staff are reduced. Learn more about the enhancement of machines used in surface mining, the use of remote control and the resulting importance for the construction equipment industry—at bauma 2019!

Networked construction site: digitization simplifies processes

The advancing digitization of the construction indutry opens up new potentials that are not yet fully exploited in mining. In future, remote control, telematics solutions and the use of cutting-edge technology will for example further simplify the optimization of analysis, diagnosis and planning of mining works. Convince yourself of the reduced workload and the cost savings that the digitization in mining will enable: visit Hall C2 and the Outdoor Exhibition Areas FM and FN of bauma 2019.

Electric drives: saving energy and money with new technologies

Stationary mining machines can already be operated electronically without any problems. For mobile operation, however, there currently is no alternative to combustion engines, because in mining, batteries must be resistant, reliable and especially explosion-proof. As new technologies are continually developed it can be assumed that all mining machines can be equipped with alternative drives in the future, ensuring safety, cost saving and energy efficiency. Visit bauma 2019’s exhibition sector “Mining” to explore the novelties that climate-friendly electric drives bring to the mining sector as well as the small companies that stir up the market besides the “big players”.

Planning mining: this is how the mining industry will plan in the future

Long approval processes with participation of the public and all relevant social groups are the basis for developing a mining area. Furthermore, regional-planning processes and mining legislation conditions need to be included and considered. Here, post-mining becomes increasingly important. Because: what happens with the extraction site after mining? An early integrated post-mining land use offers potential and may pave the way for the extraction of renewable energies on the former mining site. The development progress in miniaturizing analysis tools and drilling technology shall improve the extraction process and make the development more efficient. To exploit all potentials of pre and post-mining the often-lengthy processes need to be planned properly, involving all stakeholders. At bauma 2019, we will show you how these comprehensive tasks can be managed and facilitated by using new technology.