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Mining 4.0: Innovation and Digital Transformation in Mining

September 27, 2020

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What is Mining 4.0?

The term Mining 4.0 came from Industry 4.0, described as the fourth industrial revolution that is likely to impact most industries. This technological shift is said to bring about the transition to the digital era and will see the implementation of cyber-physical systems that brings about more automation, efficiency and reliability in processes.

Source: Sánchez, F., Hartlieb, P. Innovation in the Mining Industry: Technological Trends and a Case Study of the Challenges of Disruptive Innovation. Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration 37, 1385–1399 (2020).

Over the years, mining has become more complex given factors such as lower ore grade, more extreme weather conditions, deeper deposits, shortage of workers, stricter environmental regulations and social license to operate. Innovation will not only help the mining industry navigate through such challenges but also enable a cleaner and more environmentally friendly way of mining with improved efficiency and reliability in mining processes.

Key benefits of Mining 4.0

Mining 4.0 is envisioned to have direct benefits like improved efficiency and coordination of processes, enhanced utilization of equipment, reduced maintenance costs, waste and lower overall CAPEX and OPEX. More importantly, one can expect a longer-term impact that assures safer, more efficient, and sustainable ways of mining. With lower energy, water consumption, detox reagents, waste generations and emissions, Mining 4.0 offers a genuine look into innovations that fullfill the promise of creating the “mine of the future”.

How does CyanoGuard’s solution facilitates this digital transformation?

The cyanide monitoring and management solution from CyanoGuard allows real-time measurement of cyanide level onsite and instant data transmission to our online cloud platform. Below is a summarized table of the features of our solution and the benefits it generates.




Next-generation chemosensor

• Instant results

• Less prone to interferences

• Reduced time to result

• Improved reliability of measurements

• Improved productivity and operator safety

Handheld, portable analyser

• Eliminates operator bias in measurements

• Device mobility with no need for large-scale investment, infrastructure and maintenance

• Higher accuracy

• Reduced variability

• No downtime and maintenance

Online analytics based on artificial intelligence algorithms

• Real-time data capture and storage

• Predictive forecasting of cyanide consumption

• Improves data security and traceability

• Direct and accurate forecasting of cyanide usage and control

• Improved efficiency in the planning and decision-making process

Instants Alerts (SMS, WhatsApp)

• Minimises reaction time to concentration changes

• Prevent possible cyanide incidents from occurring in the first place

• Better operational planning


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