Production and Safety's new best tool for Rio Tinto is REM-SAFE
Rio Tinto now have their first REM-SAFE remote isolation system for fixed plant.
ICM Group has completed the installation and commissioning of a REM-SAFE system for Rio Tinto in the iron ore materials handling plant located at Paraburdoo, in Western Australia's north west iron ore rich Pilbara region.
REM-SAFE enables non electrical as well as electrical personnel to operate multiple isolators simultaneously, in this application the conveyor drive and brake isolators in less than 3 minutes from a location adjacent to the conveyor. This provides a reduction in isolation and de-isolation time of approximately 60 minutes per operation, providing a rapid return on implementation costs from a mere estimated five operations.
Apart from the very rapid return on investment through increased production, safety benefits are received from keeping personnel out of electrical switch rooms and substations, reducing the exposure to the potential of arc flash.
Initially the system will be used to isolate the conveyor to carry out tasks such as tramp metal removal, roller replacement, belt cleaner repairs, wear liner replacement, belt defect repair, belt thickness measurement, general inspections and cleaning, brake repairs and testing, steel structural repairs and cyclone tiedown.
The Directors of ICM congratulate RIO Tinto on their first system and are pleased to be able to contribute towards the safety and productivity goals of the business.
CEO - Director