As escalating challenges erode profits, the pressure is on for mining organisations to achieve new levels of performance, efficiency and productivity, while maintaining safe and sustainable operations, says Probe Mining Group of Companies.
The company, however, notes that digital technology, with advances in sensor, monitoring, networking and real-time predictive applications, is creating a new environment and is making improved engineering efficiency, construction productivity and better safety outcomes a reality in integrated mining operations.
Working together, these technologies can result in next-level performance enhancements throughout the value chain, says Probe Mining Group of Companies CEO Gert Roselt.
Through consolidating the mining-orientated offerings within the Probe Group, the company has now evolved to offer a comprehensive, strategic array of best-of-breed technologies, products and end-to-end Digital Mine Operation Solutions that can significantly improve the design of digital mines and data analysis.
“Our integrated offering incorporates Operation Level 9 collision avoidance systems, the design and manufacture of safety solutions, air quality and gas monitoring, renewable energy, industrial solutions, air power, and other specialised solutions,” Roselts says, adding that the company also provides auto electrical field services, batteries, spares & parts for off-highway vehicles (OHV) spares related to Komatsu drive systems, original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) harness manufacturing and electrical vehicle conversions.
With some of the most prestigious clients, the Probe Mining Group has over 50 years of experience in serving the South Africa and Sub-Saharan African mining industry.
Roselt says visionary mining leaders have “realised it’s time to transform how operations are conducted, rather than simply searching for incremental improvements”.
“We capitalise on the potential of technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and cloud computing to transform operations, better positioning mines to be able to address resource challenges and environmental pressures moving forward,” he elaborates.
He adds that the company’s investment in new technologies delivers secure and out-of-the-box solutions, including uptime and remote monitoring, for more efficient and accurate exploration of operations.
“Our intelligent systems combine technology, people and processes to enable feedback loops, defining an organisation’s competitiveness and ability to change the industry landscape.”
According to Roselt, the company’s integrated solutions for productivity and safety, have delivered multiple benefits for mining clients, including, inter alia, highly safe, sustainable and productive operations; more innovative, future-proof operational models; reduced downtime through taking corrective action in advance; as well as improved resource and asset use and availability.
These solutions also include an improved mining fleet use and control, as well as real-time visibility resulting in enhanced efficiency, an increase in employee productivity as well as reduced cost of ownership
Professional installation and rigorous maintenance are essential to ensure customers experience minimum downtime.
Complemented by a field services division, Probe Mining Group offers a fully integrated management solution, including on-site technical testing and implementation of equipment monitoring systems and charging facilities.
The team further views environmental practices as a central component of all planning and development - as providing social, environmental, and economic sustainability guidance.
With this in mind, the company enthuses that it remains a “proud partner of the Mandela Mining Precinct on the Real-Time Information Management Systems (RTIMS) research programme.
“This RTIMS programme aims to improve data sourcing, transmission, storage, dissemination, information management tools, practices, and procedures for mines,” says Roselt.
All Probe Mining solutions (such as automotive solutions, integrated mining technology solutions, industrial technology solutions, renewable energy solutions) have “proven to be world class leaders”.
“We consistently add best-of-breed brands and solutions to mining, automotive, air, power, and our energy solutions portfolio. We are intent on continuing to grow the organisation through providing tailored solutions to the market and finding ways to solve customer challenges,” Roselt concludes.
The Probe Mining Group’s head fffice is situated in Germiston, Johannesburg, with operations in over 20 locations across South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.