Digital Transformation and Operational Excellence in Mining | NTT DATA

Tue, 16 May 2023

Digital Transformation and Operational Excellence in Mining

Companies at the forefront of the latest trends and technologies will have significant competitive advantages.

The mining industry faces a new set of challenges. In addition to the traditional needs to maximize efficiency and production, reduce costs, manage risks, and improve operational safety to protect workers, there are now new regulations and increasing demands from investors, consumers, and value chain stakeholders on sustainability and climate change. Emerging technologies have become essential for companies to achieve operational excellence, enhance their reputation, and play a leading role in this new context.

It is necessary to overcome different processes and have the right partner to implement industry best practices on this transformation journey to achieve operational excellence. For example, strategic planning is essential to set objectives, identify risks and opportunities, and develop action plans, policies, and procedures, focusing on achieving the expected results. Meanwhile, risk management evaluates potential accidents, natural disasters, and changes in commodity prices to mitigate their possible consequences.

Continuous improvement, meanwhile, is a critical process for optimizing tasks and achieving significant cost reductions. Another important aspect relates to innovation: companies at the forefront of the latest trends and technologies will have a significant competitive advantage. These include implementing emerging technologies - such as automation, IoT, and artificial intelligence - and using data to accelerate decision-making.

From Data Analytics to the Value Chain

Analytics can optimize the mining process by analyzing large data from sensors and machinery to improve efficiency, deploy preventive maintenance strategies, predict machine failures, and avoid unscheduled maintenance activities.

Furthermore, text and unstructured data analysis can be valuable in extracting information from geological reports, environmental impact studies, and related documents to support decision-making processes in launching exploration projects for new reservoirs. Meanwhile, the analysis of supplier networks and their relations allows optimizing logistics.

The other key point for achieving operational excellence is the adequate and continuous training of workers to ensure they have the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their tasks safely and efficiently. Finally, implementing effective occupational health and safety systems is critical to protecting workers and complying with local and international standards and regulations.

The challenges are manifold, and the opportunities are endless. Digital transformation to support operational excellence is a real gold mine for companies in the mining industry.

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