It’s hard to remember a time when mined resources were in such high demand. Given the world’s focus on advanced energy technologies — and the wide range of minerals needed to bring those technologies to reality — minerals mining is expected to skyrocket in the coming years. The World Bank estimates 3 billion tons of minerals and metals will be needed to address climate change by leveraging electric vehicles, solar, wind and geothermal power.
As global economies become even more reliant on mined minerals and resources, mining operations must be able to handle the increased demand — which goes far beyond productivity and output. Tomorrow’s mines must be agile enough to maintain reliability, sustainability and safety. Industry 4.0 is a term that refers to the digitization of manufacturing, including smart and autonomous systems fueled by data and machine learning. For the mining community, Industry 4.0 promises to deliver greater efficiency, including asset lifecycle management, enhanced data processes, and improved workforce safety.
Smart, connected operations collect a tremendous amount of data that can be used to schedule maintenance events, detect issues in fleet performance, and even alert operators about abnormalities during extraction processes using specific and predictive sensors. Smart systems can be utilized to optimize logistics and supply chains, and incorporate autonomous equipment and vehicles. The beauty of a smart system is that one small change can lead to exponential efficiencies across your entire operation.
The decision to digitize operations doesn’t happen all at once — instead it’s a series of small, thoughtful steps that work together to elevate operations in a scalable process that maintains stability.
Everything needed to adopt digital solutions can be sourced at MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® — the mining community’s biggest in-person event this year. Featuring over 1,400 top exhibitors, you’ll find everything you need to upgrade your operations, whether it’s a new software solution or an autonomous fleet. MINExpo® brings together all the latest cutting-edge equipment, innovations, services and technologies to take your operations to a new level and fuel long-term growth.
In fact, exhibitors have already begun setting up operations in Las Vegas to prepare for the event this September 13-15, 2021. Some of the machinery is so large that months before the show even starts, components are shipped to arrive in time for the 8-week assembly and the carefully orchestrated walk through 35-foot high doors onto the exhibit hall floor. It’s not often you can access every level of the industry — from massive excavators to tiny digital sensors driving tomorrow’s innovations — all under one roof. Covering more than 660,000 net sq. ft. of expo space, MINExpo is the only in-person event this year offering the ability to get up close to and explore the latest mining innovations and equipment.
MINExpo registration includes both a print and online directory of all exhibiting companies, making it easier to strategize meetings with specific suppliers or research exhibitors before even stepping onto the show floor. Because the online directory will be updated in real time, it’s an evergreen resource that allows you to access premier industry providers up to one year after MINExpo. On-site, the mobile app makes it easy to get the very latest news and event information during the three show days.
The National Mining Association (NMA) is sponsoring this dynamic industry event with safety as its top priority. MINExpo will adhere to best safety practices and work closely with the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) and federal, state and local public health guidelines that are in effect at the time of the show. Such protocols include exhibit hall cleaning and disinfecting at the end of each day, increased cleaning in all show management areas, inclusion of hand sanitizer stations located throughout the exhibit halls and training of all event staff on personal hygiene practices and protocols. Join the mining community in an environment that enables you to meet with confidence.