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Mining 4.0—the Impact of New Technology from a Work Place Perspective
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human and technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1091-5039
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human and technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2840-8510
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human and technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1367-3277
2019 (English)In: Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, ISSN 2524-3462, Vol. 36, no 4, p. 701-707Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Industry 4.0 offers new possibilities to combine increased productivity with stimulating workplaces in a good work environment. Used correctly, digitalization can create attractive jobs in safe control room environments, which provide space for the employee’s full expertise and creativity. This is true also for the mining industry. But, to succeed, it is important to analyze the development from a worker’s perspective. What will happen to their work? What skills will be needed in the mine of tomorrow? We must also consider the risks, such as privacy issues, increased stress, and work-life boundaries. These questions must be understood if we are to create workplaces that can attract a young and diverse workforce to tomorrow’s mining industry. In this article, we try to illustrate what the new technology can mean for the individual miners. We formulate the notion of Mining 4.0 (Industry 4.0 in the mining industry), where we try to create an image of how the future might look from a miner’s perspective and how mining companies may navigate their way to a future that works for all miners. To illustrate the range of possible outcomes, we formulate two scenarios: one utopian and one dystopic. At the end of our article, we bring forward six recommendations that can be considered a beginning of a road map for the human side of Mining 4.0.

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Springer, 2019. Vol. 36, no 4, p. 701-707
Keywords [en]
Industry 4.0, Mining 4.0, Attractive jobs, Safety, Utopia, Dystopia
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Human Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-75459DOI: 10.1007/s42461-019-00104-9ISI: 000477587100010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85069501165OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-75459DiVA, id: diva2:1341587
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Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems
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EU, Horizon 2020
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Validerad;2019;Nivå 2;2019-08-13 (johcin)

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