Keeping the Danger at Bay with Mining Robots

Apr 27, 2014

Industrial robots can increase the processing speeds and improve worker safety in the mining industry. Robots do not need to take any holiday or lunch breaks, they can work 24/7. Furthermore, they eliminate the dangers that human workers are exposed to in the mining field, doing all the dirty work and hard digging.


Min­ing is prob­a­bly one of the most dan­ger­ous pro­fes­sions in the world, along with being one of those prof­itable busi­ness­es, if com­pa­nies finds the right min­er­als. But, it is dan­ger­ous, nonethe­less, which is why robot­ics com­pa­nies have start­ed devel­op­ing and using min­ing robots in some mines in Chi­na, Aus­tralia and even the Unit­ed States.

So, why use a robot in a mine instead of a reg­u­lar human work­er? As men­tioned above, safe­ty is key. There is a lot of blast­ing that goes on dur­ing min­ing, and the mine walls are not always sta­ble, which leads to the cave-ins that you hear about on the news. Robots can now be used to lay explo­sives in the mines, as well as going in to sta­bi­lize mine walls after a blast to help pre­vent cave-ins. These robots work hard to make sure that human mine work­ers are not walk­ing into a haz­ardous sit­u­a­tion that could cost them their lives.

Anoth­er advan­tage of using robot­ic min­ing sys­tems is the speed at which they work. The human body has its lim­i­ta­tions. It can only work up to a cer­tain speed before becom­ing tired and need­ing a break or a day off. Robot­ic min­ers are not affect­ed by fatigue. They are able to work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, many with­out need­ing an oper­a­tor to keep con­stant vig­il. This means that mines are dug sev­er­al times faster than when only dug by human work­ers, and that the min­er­als are sort­ed out quick­er, with less work­er error.

Over­all, the use of min­ing robots in the min­ing busi­ness makes a lot of sense. It saves the com­pa­nies mon­ey on time and labor costs, while also keep­ing the min­ers safe from cave-ins and oth­er dan­gers that can be found in the mines.

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