Digitalization is rapidly changing the face of electrical power systems, both above and below ground
By Carly Leonida, European Editor
Industry 4.0 — the next step in industrial revolution that involves the integration of digital technologies into systems and processes — is upon us.
Mines are embracing the concept in their quest for improved productivity and lower costs, and one crucial step in their digital transformation is to address the electrical systems that underpin mine power supply and control.
By infusing connectivity and intelligence into power systems, there is a significant opportunity for mines to impact their reliability using predictive diagnostics, as well as enhancing their energy efficiency and workplace safety.
However, it is important to note that applying digital solutions involves much more than simply buying the latest technologies. Achieving successful system modernization and resulting data-informed insights requires proper training for local plant personnel responsible for supporting these technologies, and a well-orchestrated execution plan.