Calibre celebrates Rio Tinto’s successful AutoHaul® implementation
Perth: Rio Tinto Growth and Innovation (Rio Tinto G&I) and Rio Tinto Rail Operations recently celebrated the successful implementation of AutoHaul®, the world’s first automated heavy-haul long-distance rail network. AutoHaul® trains run over 1,700 kilometres of track, delivering iron ore of from 14 mines to ports along the North-west coast of West Australia and are considered the world’s longest robot. They enhance operational, environmental and safety performance, while increasing productivity benefits for the iron ore business.
Rio recognised and acknowledged the successful completion of the project ‒ in particular, key partners that played a major part in the project including Calibre, Wabtec, New York Air Brake (NYAB) and Hitachi / Ansaldo STS.
The safe and successful deployment of the AutoHaul®, project is a world first in the heavy haul space which was made possible by the close collaboration, commitment and dedication provided by the teams that worked on the project over the course of the last ten years. AutoHaul® is at the forefront of innovation within the rail industry, and has positioned Rio Tinto, Calibre, Wabtec and Hitachi Ansaldo as leaders in rail automation space.
Calibre’s Head of Mining and Minerals George Nuich stated, “From the project’s outset, and over a 10-year period, Calibre’s commitment to partner with Rio Tinto G&I to deliver this world first has been steadfast. Through the dedication and collaboration of all project partners, the success of AutoHaul® demonstrates the substantial benefits which automated systems can deliver in the mining space.”
It is not just within heavy-haul rail and the resources sector that the benefits of automation are realised. Matthew Reeder, Calibre’s Operations Manager and AutoHaul Systems Manager explains, “We are extremely proud to be part of this important project and support Rio Tinto G&I and Rio Tinto Rail Operations with delivering a solution that brings them to the forefront of technology and innovation within the heavy haul rail space.
“This project was a fantastic team effort involving a number of senior people within the organization. Our team developed ground breaking practices and also used industry-proven strategies for the identification, assessment and mitigation of risks to define the long-term business, operational objectives, systems safety governance processes and benefits through the implementation of automated systems.”
The Calibre team will continue to work and support Rio Tinto to define future safety and operational improvements within the system.
Monique Roberts, General Manager – Marketing and Communications
Calibre Group Limited
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