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…

Brickworks enters robotic joint venture

Bulding products group Brickworks (ASX: BKW) and robotics developer FBR (ASX: FBR) have inaugurated their joint venture ‘wall as a service’ manufacturing business, Fastbrick Australia. Fastbrick will charge customers by the square metre of wall built, and exclusively utilise FBR’s Hadrian X bricklaying robot and Brickworks masonry blocks in its Australian operations. Fastbrick is a…

Rio completes deployment of world’s biggest robot and ‘factory’

Analysis by Peter Roberts Iron ore miner Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) has completed the deployment phase of its $900 million Pilbara AutoHaul automated heavy-haul, long distance rail network. After a build up from running its first autonomous train in July, the company has announced the system is now fully operational. The company operates more than…