Rio launches, then re-launches robotic trains (according to the media)

Comment by Peter Roberts If you can have more farewells than Melba, then can you have more inaugurations that Rio Tinto? The media was ablaze over the weekend with reports that Rio had completed the inauguration of its $950 million autonomous rail system carrying iron ore in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The remotely…

Innovative underground electric vehicle heads for tests

An innovative underground electric vehicle that began with a $500,000 R&D grant is headed for testing in Australian mines. Prototypes of the Bortana EV, a battery powered vehicle fitted into a rugged utility vehicle by e-mobility group 3ME Technology, will be delivered to mines across the country this year. The Mets Ignited industry growth centre…

Orica brings digital technologies to mine blasting

Global explosives, chemicals and fertiliser manufacturer, Orica (ASX: ORI) has further developed its world-leading digital BlastIQ mine blasting system. Orica Global Digital Product Manager, Angelo Labriola outlined numerous updates to the system, which automates the complex sequential blasting of ore bodies to maximise mine processing productivity. Labriola said: “Inspired by our customers’ feedback, the latest…