An in-depth understanding of the “drivers” for increased mechanization is important to ensure that mechanization is not adopted for the wrong reasons.
The two top Driver for embarking on mechanization are:
Increased productivity leading to lower unit/ton produces, and this also allows for flexibility to realise extraction of lower grade reserves
Improved safety by removing workers from high “risk areas” and reducing the incidence of low-skilled work.
Increased productivity improving overall productivity is probably the most important driver for increased mechanization.
We apply a Six-step approach to assist in the multi-criteria decision making process