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In this era of increased competitionand rapid change, mining companies must remain attentive to all opportunitiesto gain an advantage over competitors. Acquisition of innovative equipment isoften 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 onproductivity in underground mining. Ten projects were examined using threeindicators: the cost per meter drilled, the cost per hour of use and theequipment availability ratio. The results clearly show that the introduction ofnew equipment with technological innovations does not necessarily improveproductivity. In some cases, performance indicators even dropped. We suggestthat future research should focus on identifying the mechanisms and conditions that ensure the increases in productivity followingthe introduction of the latest innovations in mining equipment. Successfulintroductions of such equipment likely depend on the conditions surrounding it.


Innovation Equipment; Mining Equipment; Productivity; Mines

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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.

Autor: Bryan Boudreau-Trudel, Kazimierz Zaras, Sylvie Nadeau, Isabelle Deschamps



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