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Introduction of Innovative Equipment in Mining: Impact on Productivity

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In this era of increased competition and rapid change, mining companies must remain attentive to all opportunities to gain an advantage over competitors. Acquisition of innovative equipment is often viewed as a way of decreasing operating costs, for example, by increasing machinery reliability. The objective of this paper is to examine the impact of new equipment on productivity in underground mining. Ten projects were examined using three indicators: the cost per meter drilled, the cost per hour of use and the equipment availability ratio. The results clearly show that the introduction of new equipment with technological innovations does not necessarily improve productivity. In some cases, performance indicators even dropped. We suggest that future research should focus on identifying the mechanisms and conditions that ensure the increases in productivity following the introduction of the latest innovations in mining equipment. Successful introductions of such equipment likely depend on the conditions surrounding it.

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B. Boudreau-Trudel, K. Zaras, S. Nadeau and I. Deschamps, "Introduction of Innovative Equipment in Mining: Impact on Productivity," American Journal of Industrial and Business Management, Vol. 4 No. 1, 2014, pp. 31-39. doi: 10.4236/ajibm.2014.41006.

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