as a player/corporate CEO I have moon belts that are not mined, for a little bit of extra fuel having the ability to leverage NPC miner fleets would enhance the experience and provide content for others who enjoy popping miners. that the moon mining stations have a module that could outfit mining stations with npc miners to harvest minerals as player characters would on be half of stations owning corporation. Features that would also support this in when these npc miners come under threat a distress call is sent out to the owning corp and the alliance that they are apart of. Players who are then online can then link a destination and respond to the threat against the corporate/alliance npc assets.
often real life prevents me from being on to mine my own belts. I often do not get to see the benefits of deploying these stations. If nothing changes I am considering un-anchoring them and that will be a sad day for the miner bumpers since there be less content for them to pop.
as a nice plus, the Owning corporation could actually build the mining ships and place them in a hangar for the npc pilots to use. All the enhancements to the AI controlling pve content could be used to make sure the ai pilots respond as close to how a player would respond.