Navtech Radar Limited

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Port Pilbara

Karratha, Australia

Mining is largely concentrated in the ‘Pilbara’ northern part of Western Australia. Iron ore is a key export and…

Mining is largely concentrated in the ‘Pilbara’ northern part of Western Australia. Iron ore is a key export and is transported to the coast via 1,400km network of rail tracks. At the port, loading conveyor machines convey several thousand tons of iron ore per hour in to awaiting ships. It is essential to keep the loaders operating with minimal down time. If a loading machine gets damaged and production is hampered for whatever reason, the loss per machine is likely to be a minimum of approximately one million US dollars per day.

About the project

Navtech’s radar sensors were installed to improve the operators’ ability to fill the ships without disruption to production and damage to infrastructure. The radars improve the operation as they identify any potential risks before they occur, minimising disruptions from loader damage.

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