We wish to share our achievement of being one of the Innovation Finalists at Contamination UK 2018, with our AIR XD Particulate Monitor. The feedback from the judges was very impressive. Contamination UK contacted us to say "The analysis from our judges regarding your product was excellent and I believe the final results were very close!"
Well done to all of the winners from each category
It is becoming cliché to say that technology is changing the face of business sectors all over the world, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening and the mining and manufacturing sectors are no different.
While traditionally labour-intensive and reliant on heavy, static equipment, smart and connected technology is now showing potential to completely change how mining and manufacturing businesses operate.
From remote and mobile environment and equipment monitoring, to real-time data and analytics to machine learning and automation, there is seemingly no end to the benefits new mining and manufacturing technology is bringing to historically industrial sectors.
Despite technology making hazardous environments much safer than they have historically been, there remains a serious risk of danger in some mining and industrial environments.
Large and cumbersome equipment, which needs to be operative and monitored 24/7, not to mention operatives working in confined spaces, possibly being exposed to hazardous chemicals or fumes, means management of these environments remains as challenging as ever.
On the other hand, more mobile equipment which can be easily moved around an environment, or even worn by operatives, is helping make headway in the battle for a safer work environment, but these bring entirely new challenges, with much of the equipment requiring constant wireless connections to work properly, plus needing to operate in some of the harshest environments around.
Trolex will be attending the Contamination Expo on 12th & 13th September at the NEC in Birmingham. We will be showcasing the AIR X Particulate monitor and will even be carrying out LIVE demonstrations. Visit us on stand 5P63.
This is Europe’s leading event for environmental professionals, showcasing the latest in modern strategies, techniques and technologies currently used across the industry.
Like many industries, mining is being transformed by technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
The ability to instantly gather and analyse environmental and equipment data, and carry out real time risk and area assessments is a big benefit to large scale operations, particularly those like mining, when operatives are working in a compact, changing and potentially dangerous environment.
From increasing automation and removing human operatives from dangerous environments, to real time atmospheric monitoring and safety alerts, to more efficient operations through equipment monitoring, new connected technology is having a massive impact on the future of the mining sectors.
But are IoT and AI technologies really the beneficial platforms they appear to be? And what exactly can they do for mining operations?
The complexity of a hazardous environment has always been one of the key hurdles when it comes to managing the cost of gas detection.
Ensuring operatives remain safe in often confined spaces and unpredictable environments is essential, but the cost of monitoring for multiple gases, and replacing sensors on a regular basis can be expensive and put pressure on operational budgets.
For organisations operating in environments where just one or two gases may be present, the total cost of ownership for equipment, maintenance and replacement parts can prove to be a significant drain on budgets.
Organisations operating in more complex environments however – those where workers could be exposed to up to five or six different gases – can quickly see their costs rocket with the need for higher levels of replacement cells and a support network to match.
Traditional worker well-being has primarily focused on improving workplace safety.
Whether avoiding injuries due to slips and trips, or falling or faulty equipment, keeping employees safe and free from injury has been – and will continue to be – a major part of industrial workplace health and safety.
In recent years however there has been a shift from focussing on general safety towards promoting employees’ long term health – especially the potential impacts on long-term health associated with working in hazardous environments.
Even in a legacy industry like mining, data is transforming day-to-day operations, providing greater insight into activities and enabling project managers and operatives to refine their approach.
All kinds of industries, all over the world, are changing how they work to incorporate data collection and analytics into their infrastructure to streamline processes, and inform better decision making and forward planning.
Analytics and data are not new to mining, but faced with rising costs, the scarcity of materials and rising pressure and greater demand from clients for supplies, the sector is increasingly turning to data to improve operations.
In sectors under high degrees of regulation or operating within ever changing and chaotic political or economic circumstances the ability to maintain flexible budgets, invest in new and better equipment and remain viable is essential – especially within tight margins.
Those companies operating within industrial sectors like mining, manufacturing and petrochemicals understand this better than anyone and the challenge of providing effective equipment – both in terms of life cycle, productivity and health and safety is of the upmost importance.
Suppliers similarly face the challenge of competing for the business of these companies, and many are competing on the initial price when it comes to offering low costs up-front for monitoring devices, or ventilation and dust extraction.
Real-time monitoring and instant alerts of environmental changes are a critical element of modern hazardous industrial and mining operations.
New technology like mobile ‘connected’ devices, which can be used by individual operatives, or static equipment that can be hooked up to a wider network to report on changes or potential risks to safety, have undoubtedly improved the health and safety aspect of hazardous industries.
But with so many environmental elements to monitor and with the increasing need for separate monitoring equipment, the costs of providing 360-degree safety in hazardous environments can easily spiral and cause budgetary pressures on operations.