Finalist for 4 awards at the PACE Zenith Awards 2016

Scott Automation & Robotics have been nominated as Finalists in four categories at the PACE Zenith Awards 2016.

The PACE Zenith Awards bring together some of the biggest names in Process Control, Instrumentation and Automation to celebrate, recognise and award companies and individuals for their key contribution to Australian industry. A total of 14 awards are up for grabs on the night. Each award celebrates the achievements of the people and companies who have shown innovation and superior performance during the year.

Scott Automation & Robotics are finalists in the following categories:

  • Automation Innovation – X-Ray Primal & Middle System

  • Automation Innovation – ROBOFUEL™

  • Mining & Minerals Process Control – ROBOFUEL™

  • Safety system innovation – ROBOFUEL™


X-Ray Primal & Middle System

The X-Ray Primal System automates the cutting of lamb primals, delivering  highly accurate, clean primal cuts superior to anything produced by a human operator. The X-Ray Primal System creates a 3D map of the bones within the carcass. This is used to guide the primal cutter with an accuracy far greater than human capabilities. The x-ray data is also provided to all downstream boning room modules. The X-Ray System provides the correct height and angle measurements for each cut. This provides a precise cut location at the correct angle and the dual rotating knife blades ensure a cleaner accurate cut.

The Middle System automates the bone-in processing of lamb middles. The system delivers improved yield, minimises waste, improves safety, increases labour efficiency and enables product optimisation. Yield improvements are achieved through precision controlled cutting equipment aligned by the x-ray image system. This achieves cutting accuracy beyond any human operator capability. The imaging system enables flap removal to be undertaken in line with any required specification. Powered circular knives split the loin from the rack, according to cut requirements. Loin yield improvements are achieved due to the elimination of sawdust and excellent cutting accuracy.

The chine boning station is superior to anything else on the market, using a unique patented process to customise chine removed to suit the individual rack saddle. The splitting station splits loins, racks or whole middles precisely down the middle of the feather bone, eliminating a difficult and dangerous bandsaw task.


ROBOFUEL™ is an automation and control solution, combined with the latest vision and sensing technologies providing refuelling of mine trucks accurately, safely and autonomously. The ROBOFUEL™ process uses  a robotic arm to refuel mining equipment to increase productive hours and efficiency of trucks, with a projected business case that demonstrates a short payback period and deployment models that can be supported by either capital or operational initiatives.

Typically, refuel facilities are manned by at least one person at all times and trucks can spend up to one hour per day travelling to refuel. As there is no manning required for an automated solution, refuelling stations me be optimally located “on-circuit” or even “in-pit” so fleet productivity can be significantly enhanced. ROBOFUEL™ is fully portable and is able to be shifted throughout mine developments allowing for the innovative technology to be placed where it is exactly needed, thus constantly working with the site.

The Scott Automation & Robotics ROBOFUEL™ system uses a state-of-the-art vision sensing and detection system which allows the robot to locate the position and orientation of the truck’s fuel tank. This information is used to couple the fuel nozzle with the tank. Fuel spillages are minimised through controlled coupling, pumping and monitoring.