Mining Industry: Game-changing use of Augmented Reality
The mining industry
The sector is responsible for unearthing the wealth of resources like oil, gas, coal, metals, and industrial minerals, providing fuel and raw materials that drive the economy.
Mining Industry Challenges
As it happens often in any sector, the mining industry is also facing major challenges. These challenges have a big impact on the entire operating process. To overcome difficulties, businesses in this field are always looking for ways to address these challenges. In addition, are looking to ensure a competitive position in the international market arena.
Without a smooth transition to digital processes, the sector will stay behind. Catching up with other market fields in times of Industry 4.0 calls for changes in how internal data, resource management, and training are carried out.
Elimination of downtimes is crucial for the sector that powers the global economy. Each interruption comes with an avalanche of delays and unnecessary costs.
For those challenges Augmented Reality is quickly becoming one of the must-have technologies for the mining industry. Already many enterprises are using it to improve productivity and work safety. This technology enables remote distance support that provides headquarter experts with the ability to visually collaborate with site operators. Site operators are able to remotely solve unexpected issues by bridging the physical and virtual worlds.
Optimization of the mining process by reducing costs, improving efficiencies, increasing productivity, and enhancing safety are just some of the many benefits that this technology offers. Moreover, what is most important is that remote assistance can be easily incorporated into current work environments. This is done by maximizing employee engagement and minimizing the costs of implementing new tools.
👉 Critical Inspection
Mining is a very delicate industry. The effectiveness of processes for inspecting various problems that may arise and possible defects is critical in all subsequent processes. Remote Assistance makes it possible for remote experts to virtually inspect all machinery as well as the surrounding environment. All this inspection is made possible by Augmented Reality. Augmented Reality integrates into smart glasses through the zoom-in/out feature. This makes it possible to show every detail including dangerous areas without endangering the site operators.
👉 Training of New Site Operators
The mining industry doesn’t record an overabundance of candidates. Preparing new candidates to start safe and efficient work as soon as possible requires adjusting the training to their needs and avoiding mundane classroom training. Through the use of AR, even inexperienced workers can know exactly what steps to follow in each situation, which will allow them to perform virtual moves before their eyes and gain the necessary knowledge for later situations.
👉 Drilling Applications
Visual guide assistance through AR makes it possible to significantly increase the accuracy and efficiency of drilling. When applying AR to aid drilling practices, allows the transmission of necessary information by remote experts. Drilling operators also have a wider field of information by improving the accuracy of their work during this difficult process. Increasing accuracy during this process enables the reduction of potential damages and the avoidance of various risks.
👉 Real-time Operator Assistance through Augmented Reality
Mining operations are usually quite difficult due to different environmental or climatic conditions. AR visual aid makes it possible for experts to warn site operators of potential dangers that threaten them. This real-time information improves collaboration and significantly increases response time. Workers are less exposed to various risks and are more engaged in their tasks, thus increasing the productivity of their work.
👉 Maintenance and Repair
Using AR, on-site staff can perform maintenance procedures with guidance from remote experts and benefit from high-resolution digital twins. Through detailed information and enriched with pictures or pdf files, site technicians can follow step by step the process of how to fix a certain part.
The benefits Augmented Reality brings to the table do not end there: enhanced collaboration, real-time guidance and assistance during critical situations, AR provides with greater efficiency and avoids many of the risks that the mining industry daily deals with. Leaders across the world are all exploring the adoption of this technology, and constantly finding new advantages provided by the use of it, such as:
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