Safetech recently designed and built a custom traversing double scissor lift for Rio Tinto in the Pilbara. Rio needed to implement a safe and efficient method for maintaining transfer chutes that carry iron ore.
Safetech designed a remotely controlled 8 tonne scissor lift that could be raised and lowered, and moved forward or back on tracks that lead into the transfer chutes. The chutes can then be removed for maintenance and later returned and raised back into position. This essentially automates the process and eliminates manual intervention.
The scissor lift has 3,000mm travel and an extended height of 4,300mm. All the controls were designed by Safetech and the scissor lift was manufactured at Safetech’s Victorian facility.
Benefit and payback
Use of the lifts will save Rio Tinto two days of manual labour and limit the downtime of the line. Worker safety is also improved, with productivity and safety benefits all resulting in a valuable addition to the bottom line.
Rio Tinto has additionally demonstrated its commitment to Australian engineering and industry by engaging Safetech for this job.
- Lift capacity: 8,000kg
- Available travel: 3,000mm
- Weight: 6,000kg
- Extended height: 4,300mm
- Platform size: 3000 x 2500mm
- Power unit: 15kw 415v on board
- Controls: Smart relay
- Remote control: Raise/lower, forward/reverse
- Base: Traversing base on track wheels