Automation is one of the most prominent technological trends in mining. Automated technologies enable mining companies to work around the clock and maximize input use and productivity.

These advancements were inspired by the need for increased productivity, health, and safety. With automated equipment like mining trucks, which have been around for approximately two decades, fewer workers are directly exposed to minerals and hazardous materials. Because mining automation allows workers to control and interact with machinery remotely, they’re ideal for use in underground mines and other high-risk environments.

While most of today’s mining technologies are only semi-autonomous, the field is focused on moving toward autonomous mining systems that can perform tasks automatically or with minimal intervention from external forces and fully automated robotics.

Common types of automated mining technologies include:

  • Trucks.
  • Site monitoring.
  • Drilling systems.
  • Ventilation systems.
  • Long-distance trains.