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Tech & Science The world’s largest robot just made it first delivery of iron ore in Western Australia

07:11  13 july  2018
07:11  13 july  2018 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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Rio Tinto’ s train robot just delivered its first load of iron ore in Western Australia ’ s Pilbara. Operators at Rio Tinto’ s Operations Centre in Perth more than 1 ,500 kilometres away monitored the train via remote cameras.

“This system will ship the world ’ s first totally autonomous, long -distance, heavy-haul rail community, working the world ’ s largest and longest robots ,” says Rio Tinto Iron Ore managing director Rail, Port and Core Companies Ivan Vella.

a large long train on a steel track: A file photo of a Rio Tinto train in the Pilbara. Image: Supplied© Provided by Supplied A file photo of a Rio Tinto train in the Pilbara. Image: Supplied
  • Rio Tinto's train robot just delivered its first load of iron ore in Western Australia's Pilbara.
  • Operators at Rio Tinto’s Operations Centre in Perth more than 1,500 kilometres away monitored the train via remote cameras.
  • It's a milestone in Rio's $940 million AutoHaul program.

Rio Tinto, the world’s largest autonomous truck operator, has just received the first delivery of iron ore by an autonomous train, said to be the world's largest robot, in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

The autonomous train, consisting of three locomotives and carrying around 28,000 tonnes of iron ore, travelled over 280 kilometres from Rio Tinto’s mining operations in Tom Price to the port of Cape Lambert on Tuesday.

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Rio Tinto has achieved a significant milestone with the first delivery of iron ore by an autonomous train in the Pilbara, Western Australia .

Western Australia 's iron ore output for 2011 was 474 million tonnes, 97% of Australian production. The bulk of Western Australian ore went to China, which imported 70 percent of 2010 production, followed by Japan with 19% and South Korea with 10%. The state has the world ' s largest Economic

Operators at Rio Tinto’s Operations Centre in Perth, more than 1,500 kilometres away, monitored the train via remote cameras. Public rail crossings on the network are fitted with CCTV cameras.

Rio Tinto’s $940 million AutoHaul program is on schedule to complete by the end of the year. Rio Tinto operates about 200 locomotives on more than 1,700 kilometres of track in the Pilbara, transporting ore from 16 mines to four port terminals.

The average return distance of these trains is about 800 kilometres with the average journey cycle, including loading and dumping, taking 40 hours.

"The program will deliver the world’s first fully autonomous, long-distance, heavy-haul rail network, operating the world’s largest and longest robots," says Rio Tinto Iron Ore managing director Rail, Port and Core Services Ivan Vella.

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Rio Tinto has been the first mining company to deploy a fully autonomous ‘ robot ’ train to make deliveries of iron ore . In July, the autonomous train made its first delivery traveling over 280 km.

In July, the autonomous train made its first delivery traveling over 280 km. Note: Autonomous Driving Starts at 01:30. Rio Tinto’ s fully automated train will haul iron ore from its operations in the Pilbara region to Western Australia port facilities.

“This program symbolises both the pioneering spirit and innovative talents of many people across Rio Tinto and shows our absolute commitment to improving safety and productivity, as well as enabling greater flexibility across our operations."

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Rio Tinto has been the first mining company to deploy a fully autonomous ‘ robot ’ train to make deliveries of iron ore . This is. In July, the autonomous train made its first delivery traveling over 280 km.

An autonomous train carrying 28,000 tons of iron ore has completed its maidan delivery in the Pilbara region of Western Australia , travelling over 280 kilometers from a mine in Tom Price to the Port As the world ' s largest robot , the technology is expected to dramatically increase "safety and productivity."

“We are working closely with drivers during this transition period as we prepare our employees for new ways of working as a result of automation."

Rio Tinto is also expanding its fleet of autonomous haul trucks, controlled from Perth, with 30% of its fleet, or about 130 trucks, autonomous by 2019.

The auto system allows trucks to be operated by a central controller rather than a driver. It uses pre-defined GPS courses to automatically navigate roads and intersections and knows actual locations, speeds and directions of all vehicles at all times.

Rio Tinto started deploying autonomous technology in 2008.

In the Pilbara region, Rio Tinto operates the world’s largest integrated portfolio of iron ore assets, a network of 15 iron ore mines. Its earnings from iron ore were $US11.52 billion in 2017, the largest part of its business.

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