Date Added: Jan 2011
When BHP Billiton needed a way to improve its copper refining capabilities, it teamed with CSC to conduct an innovative study of Radio Frequency ID (RFID) technology. The damaged stainless steel cathodes used in the copper refining process produced off-grade copper, resulting in higher costs and decreased revenue. CSC and BHP Billiton conducted a joint study to test RFID technology's ability to survive tankhouse conditions, track and trace cathode performance, and monitor wear and tear. With RFID technology successfully operational at Cerro Colorado, BHP is in the process of building an automated pilot mine in Peru, and eventually a fully automated mine in Chile that is expected to increase safety for workers on the job.