Rio Tinto has awarded Scott Technology a contract to design and build an automated mine laboratory for the Koodaideri iron ore project in the Pilbara, Western Australia.
Under the contract, Scott Technology will construct and supply equipment for the robotic sample preparation and analysis laboratory.
The Koodaideri laboratory project leverages Rio Tinto’s recent advancements in automation and digitisation to create a safer and more productive mine.
Once the laboratory is complete, Rio Tinto stated it would be the safest, most productive and highest quality iron ore facility in the world.
Scott Technology chief executive John Kippenberger said the company was looking forward to partnering with Rio Tinto to set a safety and operational excellence benchmark.
“Demand for industrial automation continues to intensify, driven by a continuing focus on health and safety and to improve productivity, quality and profitability,” Kippenberger said.
“As a global leader in automation and robotic solutions, Scott is well positioned to take advantage of this growing demand and we are progressing a number of opportunities across a range of sectors.
“With these latest developments in our technology platform, we see the mining sector continuing to play an increasingly important role as a contributor to Scott’s future growth.”
Scott is working with several other global mining companies and commercial laboratories to build large scale automation projects.
This latest contract from Rio Tinto highlights Scott’s evolution in the mining industry.
The company has previously worked with Rio Tinto to develop and maintain solutions across its iron ore, diamonds and copper operations.
Scott expects to undertake the Koodaideri automated mine laboratory project across multiple manufacturing sites, with installation scheduled for mid-2021.