Rocky terrain leads to mobility issues. No need to reinvent the wheel, just to apply it.
The BHP Roxby Downs Copper Refinery is located at Olympic Dam in South Australia and produces copper, uranium, silver and gold.
Roxby Downs was purpose built to service the mine, which contains one of the largest known ore bodies in the world today.
The mine is entirely owned by BHP Billiton, a leading global resources company that excels in the discovery, acquisition, development and marketing of natural resources.
BHP was using a range of essential equipment that was heavy and difficult to move around the site manually without causing significant damage.
BHP workers too, were putting their safety at risk by manually handling the heavy equipment, also causing inefficiency in productivity.
As we do with all partners, we listened to their concerns and responded quickly. We immediately booked in a site visit and conducted a site audit.
We sat down and listened to what BHP workers were concerned about, and discussed how we could help.
After observing the working processes, we devised a plan and together with our partner, we came up with an effective solution.
Using the information gathered from our conversations and observations, we decided the best course of action was to manufacture a range of stainless steel outdoor wheels to be fitted to the bottom of the platform.
The new wheel kit improved mobility and reduced the risk of equipment damage, while providing a higher level of safety for workers.
BHP was able to move the platforms around the site easily, and still have a corrosive free product.
They had effectively solved the issue of ongoing damage to their equipment, and potential risk to worker safety was identified and addressed.
Other Branach users are now enjoying the benefits of the outdoor wheel kit too.