The mining industry is like any other manufacturing industry in that it utilizes sophisticated and productive machinery, along with digitization, so that it can prosper by increasing productivity while decreasing costs. Development in mining technology is ongoing throughout the world.

Operational monitoring and control systems have enhanced the productivity, safety, and efficiency of mining. In addition, the mining industry is now using heavier and larger machinery. As things stand, the point of diminishing returns has been reached. The solution to this is IT-enabled automation. Increasing mechanization calls for more maintenance, repair work, operating supplies, and inventories. Advances in IT might be of benefit to all of these.