Wesfarmers’ Curragh Train Loading Improvement System
Meridian Engineers were commissioned by Wesfarmers’ Curragh Coal Mine to provide a train loading management control system for the upgrade of their train loading facilities. The project brief was to provide a control system that would be responsible for the fully automated loading of their trains using Meridian real-time mass measurement technology.
The Curragh site has a large number of coal products with significant density variations. The existing manual loading system had no real-time mass indication of coal flowing into wagons. This meant it was very easy to cause wagon overloads due to density fluctuations resulting in considerable extra expenses in removing the overloads.
The Meridian technology allowed the conversion of the train loading system into a fully automated process capable of loading trains to target load with a significant reduction in the occurrences of wagon overloads.
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