Bis wins Future of Mining Innovation Award
Bis, a leading provider of specialised production services to the resources sector, has won a major award for Rexx, the revolutionary new mining haul truck that was launched in October last year.
The Future of Mining 2019 Innovation Award recognises collaborative innovation involving a mine owner, project developer or contractors and suppliers that directly results in an outstanding commercial outcome or outcomes.
Bis CEO Brad Rogers said that the award win is great recognition for Bis and the company’s commitment to being an industry leader in mining technology and innovation.
“At Bis we are constantly searching for better ways to deliver safe, efficient and flexible solutions for our customers, all while being at the forefront of innovation. It was this mindset that led to Rexx.”
The idea for Rexx came about when Bis leaders recognised a problem in double handling product when it was being moved from pit to processing. The solution was a 20-wheeled, long range, out-of-pit hauler that would combine the distance capacity of a traditional off road haulage solution with the ability to go out of pit.
Mr Rogers praised Bis’ in-house engineering team who designed and constructed Rexx in Perth, Western Australia. “What our engineering team have delivered in Rexx is exceptional. They can be proud to say they have been instrumental in creating a real game changer for mine haulage.”
Rexx has a vast range of innovative features that make it a deserving winner of the award. These include an industry leading turning circle of just 13.6m, a four-times greater distance capability than a conventional dump truck and the capacity to carry enough fuel for at least two 12hour shifts, eliminating downtime needed for refuelling. Rexx is unique in its ability to be used with a range of interchangeable bins to suit different commodities and applications.
In line with Bis’ focus on Zero Harm, Rexx has also been designed with the highest safety requirements in mind, and is equipped with Bis’ fatigue management system, 360-degree view cameras and reversing cameras for greater hazard management.
Rexx delivered impressive results in recent trials carried out at a working mine in the North Eastern Goldfields. Testing at Minara’s Murrin Murrin mine, carried out in ‘real-life’ operating conditions, has shown that Rexx has the capacity to deliver up to a 30 percent reduction in operating costs compared with conventional dump trucks.
It’s no wonder Rexx is in the spotlight, with interest flooding in from major miners both internationally and within Australia.