PROJECTS | RAIL
Flashbutt Welding Facility – Rio Tinto
FIRM Construction constructed Rio Tinto’s rail infrastructure services in Cape Lambert. This computerised flashbutt welding facility produces Australia’s longest rail strings (400m). Once these stock lengths are welded, 28 gantry cranes load them onto specialised rail carriages for distribution throughout Rio Tinto’s iron ore rail network.
Working with our technology partner RAILTECH Group, the team built a stationary plant to provide Rio Tinto with a custom-design solution with optimum production output (productivity level: 11 welds/hour). With its highly advanced and automated technology, this facility only requires six operators per shift.