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Sunday, March 04, 2012

Towards more intelligent design #72316

What's wrong with this picture?

Well, nothing if you're happy with the heavily laden Haulpaks driving closest to the edge and the empty ones furthest from the edge.

You'd think they'd cut those roadways (benches) in an anti-clockwise direction (going down).

Just sayin'...

(Photo by Flickr user Allan Rostron, featured in this article.)


Blogger AndrewM said...

Haulpak is a maintenance company for electric motors in heavy industry; the trucks in the image are probably diesel-electric Komatsus. I don't think it matters which side the laden trucks are on if the bench is wide enough, because the trucks weigh somewhere between 100 tonnes and 500 tonnes unladen. If the bench is going to collapse the truck alone would be sufficient to trigger that.

What's wrong with the picture is that we've got 3 full trucks going up and only 1 empty one coming down - there's a problem loading the train. The Logistics Manager is about to have a 'paddy'.

March 05, 2012 8:46 AM  
Blogger lemmiwinks said...

What I thought was wrong with it was the enormous fucking hole in the ground :-(

March 05, 2012 11:24 AM  
Blogger AndrewM said...

An article in today's 'The Australian' says that Rio Tinto has been trialling 5 fully automated truck bots for the last 3 years, and is now planning to purchase 150 of the machines (at $6,000,000+ each). That's at least 150 semi-skilled driver jobs taken out of the market.

Apparently it costs $1,000,000 p.a. per driver (at $120,000 p.a. salary) to staff these enormous gadgets 24/7, so Rio Tinto will get its money back in 6 years.

March 07, 2012 4:06 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

@lemmiwinnks: "there's nothing as precious as a hole in the ground"

@AndrewM. Profits before jobs. Money before people. Come the revolution...

March 08, 2012 12:32 AM  

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