Rio Tinto’s Mine Automation System (MAS) and real-time video intelligence (RTVi) technologies have been awarded an innovation gold medal by Austmine, Australia’s mining equipment, technology and services association.
The 2017 Austmine Miners Innovation Award was presented to Rio Tinto at the Austmine Industry Leaders’ Dinner and Awards in Perth.
“The award recognises the power of better use of data which simply but significantly helps us to make more informed decisions in relation to our mining operations,” said Stephen McIntosh, Rio Tinto’s Growth and Innovation group executive.
“This is an exciting time for Rio Tinto, and to have our peers acknowledge us as the industry leader in mining technology and innovation is absolutely tremendous.”
Innovative use of data, technology and automation is integral to Rio Tinto’s aims to generate US$5 billion (AU$6.73 billion) of additional free cash flow from productivity gains by 2021, McIntosh added.
Its technologies are now used in more than 95 per cent of open cut mines across Rio Tinto.
“This award also recognises the efforts of our network partners, product groups, business units and more than 1,000 end users across Rio Tinto,” said Ben Rogers, Rio Tinto’s Mining Innovation and Analytics Delivery manager.
“These technologies are the direct result of us partnering with others effectively and our relentless drive to combine operational experience and technical expertise to enhance value together.”