Mine site automation 'answer to skill shortage'
Dubai, August 2, 2011
The lack of skilled mining professionals is likely to force leading mining companies embrace mine automation to help solve their labour shortages and ramp up output.
The mining sector is currently experiencing improved market conditions, increased global demand for minerals and a boom in commodity prices.
Despite this the industry continues to struggle to attract skilled workers and the question remains as to what this means for mining companies' bottom-line.
R&D development projects, how to invest in the right automation technologies, wireless communications improvements, improved safety and integrated solutions are some of the key issues which will be discussed at the Mine Automation and Communication Africa conference, taking place September 19 to 20 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The programme features some of the leading voices of the mining sector, including Mike MacFarlane, vice president: Technical, AngloGold Ashanti; Olga Satwell, CEO, Australian Centre for Robotics, Australia; Lou Moller, senior solution specialist: Mining, Exxaro; Rolf Walther, head of technology, Central Rand Gold.
The event will also include leading presentations from technology partners; Metso, Mine Site Technologies, Joy Mining, Becker Mining, Sandvik, Barloworld Equipment, Emerson Process Management, Rockwell Automation, Zurich Insurance and Micromine, who will showcase leading solutions at the event. - TradeArabia News Service