Rio Tinto puts its faith in driverless trucks, trains and drilling rigs -

Rio Tinto puts its faith in driverless trucks, trains and drilling rigs

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  • Dec 07 2017 18:15About: 5 days ago
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Data-mine ore

FOR millennia, man has broken rocks. Whether with pickaxe or dynamite, their own or animal muscle, in a digger or a diesel truck, thick-necked miners have been at the centre of an industry that supplies the raw materials for almost all industrial activity. Making mining more profitable has long involved squeezing out more tonnes of metal per ounce of brawn. Now robots, not man, are settling themselves into the driving seat.

Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest mining firms, is leading that transformation in its vast iron-ore operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is putting its faith in driverless trucks and unmanned drilling rigs and trains, overseeing them from the office equivalent of armchairs about 1,000km (625 miles) south, in Perth. Jean-Sébastien Jacques, Rio’s chief executive, says it is ten years ahead of mining rivals in autonomous technology. For him and for Simon Thompson, a new chairman appointed on December...Continue reading

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Data-mine oreFOR millennia broken rocks. Whether with pickaxe dynamite their animal muscle digger diesel truck thick-necked miners have been centre industry that supplies materials almost industrial activity. Making mining more profitable long involved squeezing tonnes metal ounce brawn. robots man settling themselves into driving seat.Rio Tinto world’s largest firms leading transformation vast iron-ore operations Pilbara region Western Australia. putting faith driverless trucks unmanned drilling rigs trains overseeing them from office equivalent armchairs about 1000km (625 miles) south Perth. Jean-Sébastien Jacques Rio’s chief executive says years ahead rivals autonomous technology. Simon Thompson chairman appointed December...Continue reading

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