The framework of many corporate partnerships hatched today smash boundaries of traditional roles in the race to automate underground mining
By Jesse Morton, Technical Writer
In late October, the mainstream press ran stories quoting Rio Tinto’s CEO, Jean-Sebastien Jacques, on the state of mining. Jacques, a futurist, said the way forward will feature innovative “new partnerships” for breakthroughs in digitalization and automation, such as Tinto’s work with Apple or its driverless trains in the Pilbara.
If recent developments in underground haulage automation are any indication, those partnerships will be innovative in what each party brings to the table.