New automation systems at BHP Mooka rail

BHP have announced their decision to use a new cloud-based platform to manage costs on their productivity drive at the Mooka iron ore rail car facility.

Software application Loc8 will be used to assist with asset maintenance by keeping track of automation, data dissemination and control over the processes controlling 67 robots which for the Rolling Stock reliability System (RSRS) used at Nelson Point and Mooka Ore Car Repair Shops.

The Mooka siding was part of BHPs expansion of operations to 240 million tonnes of iron ore per annum, as well as the additional rolling stock maintenance requirements of the Rapid Growth Rail Project.

As part of a $1 billion capital productivity project, BHP are implementing full automation of rail car maintenance tasks such as bearing replacement and lubrication.

Automation development will see maintenance operations upgraded to 56 cars per day.

Loc8 chief technology officer Owen Batt said services within the supply chain would be able 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,” he said.

“We are proud to work with the team to deliver this innovative project.”

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