Thursday, 16 April 2015 12:55

BHP Billiton selects Loc8 for WA iron ore facility

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Resources giant BHP Billiton has selected Loc8’s cloud-based asset maintenance, service and job management platform for use at its Mooka iron ore facility at Mooka in Western Australia.

The Loc8 solution will be used by BHP Billiton to help with cost containment and underpins a $1 billion capital productivity project that involves full automation of previously manual processes/procedures.

Loc8 will be the intelligence behind automation, data dissemination and control of over 200 business process rules managing 67 robots forming a Rolling Stock Reliability System (RSRS) employed at BHP Billiton’s Nelson Point and Mooka Ore Car Repair Shops (OCRSs).

BHPBIO has expanded its operations to 240 million tonnes per annum at a new railway marshalling yard to include the OCRS at Mooka siding along the existing Port Hedland to Newman Mainline.

Owen Batt, Chief Technology Officer at Loc8, said BHPBIO sought an innovative, best-of-class platform to manage full robotic automation of its rail car maintenance tasks, such as replacing bearings and lubricating moving parts, in a productive and capital efficient manner.

“Loc8 has provided its cloud platform and services to BHPBIO, and was chosen from a stringent competitive review process.”

“Every company, no matter how large or small in the service supply chain, strives to run as efficiently as possible. BHP Billiton's newly created iron ore car maintenance facility in Mooka, WA, has taken the opportunity to set a high standard in efficiency from the ground up in using Loc8 effectively as its 'digital oil' to run its maintenance operations. We are proud to work with the team to deliver this innovative project.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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