ABB wins massive truckless mine automation contract

ABB has won a contract to make the world’s largest iron truckless.

The $103 million contract will see it install electrical and automation systems at Vale’s S11D iron ore mine in Brazil.

This latest contract follows on from an earlier $140 million contract to complete the first phase of the mine’s automation project which saw it begin to install shiftable conveyor belts instead of off-highway dump trucks to move the ore from the mine to the processing plant.

“This is the first time a ‘truckless’ solution will be used on a large scale at an iron ore mine,” according to the company.

It stated that using “a truckless system significantly reduces operating costs and produces lower carbon emissions.

“If the S11D mine were to be operated using trucks it would need around 100 trucks and consume 77% more diesel per year.”

This new contract will see ABB supply a 230 kilovolt in-feed substation to connect the mine to the grid, as well as 42 secondary substations.

These secondary substations will be self-contained in ABB’s e-houses, prefabricated, walk-in, modular, outdoor enclosures.

ABB will also supply the motors driving the mine’s conveyor belts.

According to ABB’s head of process automation division, Velo-Matti Reinikkala “this project will also allow Vale to increase production by approximately 90 million tonnes, while reducing emissions and improving operational efficiency and process safety”.

ALC releases nationally consistent pallet guidelines

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has released a pallet
guideline that is intended to improve efficiencies in the supply chain.

“The Australian logistics industry is heavily reliant on
Pooling Equipment and the new ALC Guideline is an important step forward for
the industry, as it delivers for the first time an industry-wide approach to
the use of pallets,” Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director said in a statement.

He added – “The key is to be aware, understand, and build an
accurate process that follows the goods as they move through the supply chain.
This gives rise to a set of responsibilities and expectations on the part of
all parties handling pooling equipment, which are set out in the ALC Guideline.”

According to Kilgariff, the ALC Guideline is based on six
pallet management fundamentals and aims to achieve greater standardisation
along the entire supply chain based .

In addition, it outlines the roles and responsibilities of
those in the industry, including companies who use pallets and hold them until
they are returned to pooling equipment companies.

Apart from spelling out the roles and responsibilities of
all parties, the guideline includes a best practice outline, a plain
English guide, and dispute resolution advice and procedures.

However, the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) is not happy with the guideline’s approach to dispute resolution.

VTA Chief Executive, Neil Chambers said in a statement that the ALC has missed an opportunity to work with all supply chain
parties to reform the current pallet hire regime, and to pursue workable
dispute resolution avenues.

Sandvik wins massive materials handling contract

Sandvik has won a huge materials handling EPC contract for an Australian coal mine.

The contract, worth more than $77 million, is for the engineering, procurement, and construction of two bucket-wheel stackers/reclaimers for a coal mine.

The machine will have a stacking capacity of 7800 tonnes per hour and a reclaiming ability of 6577 tonnes per hour.

Sandvik declined to state into which mine it will install the materials handling system.

Manitou appoints new CEO

Manitou has appointed Michel Denis as its new president and CEO.

It comes as current CEO Domnique Bamas announces his retirement, less than a year after being appointed to the position on an interim basis.

Denis will officially step into the role on Monday, 13 January, for a four year term in the role.

Manitou’s Board thanked Bamas, who steered the company during a period “that required redefining priorities…to facilitate the return to increased operating performance while reaffirming the close human relationships with co-workers, dealers, and customers”.

Marcel Braud, Manitou’s chair, added that “he made himself available at a pivotal moment in our history that required a realignment between profitability and development”.

“During this period his stabilised financing for the next five years, reduced the debt and initiated a combination of optimisation programs and developments which the group should benefit from in the upcoming years.”

Braud went on to welcome Denis to the position, stating that “his experience will permit him to continue the operating reforms already launched and accelerate the Group’s adaption to the market’s evolution”.

Isuzu opens new parts facility in Brisbane

Isuzu Australia has opened a new 5,000 square metre warehouse facility in Brisbane that is says will provide its customers better parts requirement services.

The new facility is said to become the company’s Oceaniaparts hubs, servicing the South Pacific region as well as the expanding PapuaNew Guinea market.

The new Brisbane site houses the offices of IAL’s Queenslandregional zone managers, a large training facility and other amenities as partof the complex.

IAL director – IT, Engine & Parts Operations, Peter Rutkis, said the newfacility was already providing benefits.

“Parts delivery times have been cut substantially since the facility hasopened,” Rutkis said.

“Brisbane Airport offers a daily air service to Papua New Guinea and is ideallysituated to service other locations in the South Pacific so it made sound businesssense to develop a site in Brisbane.

“We are meeting the high parts demand in Queensland and the South Pacificwith ease.

“We will continue to further enhance our parts delivery processes and lookforward to meeting our customers’ parts needs well into the future with thisnew facility.”

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