🛠 Automation in Mining: Robots are taking over in mining activities. The benefits of automation in mining are plenty, but there is a risk of excess mining.
The Million Dollar Question: Despite So Many Advances, why are Death Rates Going Up?We’re all well aware of the risks that mining activities bring to humans. Accidental as well as consequential risks are a few of the factors that mining workers need to face at all phases during this activity. Accidental risks are more talked about; surface cracks collapses, vibrations, and electrical shorts among the leading causes for accidents. Consequential risks involve UV exposure, dust inhalation, thermal stress, and other chemical hazards. As mining activities continue to rise, we have been constantly working on reducing the risks associated with it, in a bid to ensuring efficient activities. Irrespective of the type of risks, mining accounts for over 15,000 deaths annually. Less examination and even lesser precautions are driving these figures. Having said that, the death rates look to be turned on their head, since the turn of the 21st century and technology has certainly emerged as a pivoting factor.
Safe Mining Activities: Technology Delivers Yet Again; This Time, Through Automation in MiningIn the past two decades, technology has played a vital role in the developments in mining activities. With regard to the increasing fatality as well as injury rates, several companies are focused on introducing advanced techniques through the integration of automated concepts. Unsurprisingly, the use of automated machines has brought down the accidental rates across the world. The impact of automation in mining can be demonstrated through a few of the recent industry developments that have been listed below:
The Robominers Project
‘Syama’: World’s First Automated Mine
Rio Tinto Deploys 24-hour Automated Mining Machines
NASA’s Controversial ‘Lunar’ Mining
Automation in Mining and Human Safety May Come at the Cost of Energy WastageAlthough the benefits of automation in mining are plenty, it does come at the risk of excess mining. Many analysts have suggested that although automation can help bring down the fatality rates in mining activities, it may otherwise be harmful to the Earth in the longer run. The demand for energy doesn’t look to reduce anytime soon. But the use of automated concepts might bring about a sense of lethargy among humans. In all fairness, the technological advancements are commendable but with excess energy use and mining through robots and driverless equipment, we might just be adding to the depletion of resources. Given the current state of environmental pollution, energy consumption, and global warming, it looks like we would be better off with limited mining options at our disposal. Nevertheless, through automation, we have been able to experience things that we couldn’t even dream of. Not only this, but automation has also created more jobs than it has taken and altogether, it has contributed to a better quality of life. Based on growing applications of automation and massive investment in the development of automation-driven mining activities, we are certain to witness even more advances in the coming years. Source: https://www.fortunebusinessinsights.com/industry-reports/mining-automation-market-101348
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