Rio Tinto Kennecott – A Lasting Relationship

Rio Tinto Kennecott has been a fixture in the Salt Lake Valley for more than 109 years. As the largest private economic driver in Utah, no other private sector operation has generated more production, exports, income or employment in Utah than Kennecott.

Kennecott shares many of the same goals and values that Reliable Controls does and is proud, as a company, to be a strong community partner, establish strategic partnerships, participate in foundation contributions and charitable giving.

And now, that you have a little bit of background on Kennecott, let’s talk about the work between Reliable Controls and Kennecott.

Reliable Controls first partnered with Kennecott in 2003 and 2004 when we worked on the engineering, programming, installation and commissioning of their Concentrator Stockpile Laser Profiling Project. In 2005 and 2006 we worked on programming, installation and commissioning of Kennecott’s Filter Plant Honeywell PLC Replacement. Continuing on into 2007 we assessed the scope and supervised repairs to the Smelter Filter Plant Refurbishment Project.

During the years of 2008, 2009 and 2010, we provided construction and engineering support on the tailings (cyclones, VFD’s, HVAC, Splitter Box), power plant (boiler 4, economizer & ATS) and mine monitoring system. Then in 2011 and 2012 Reliable Controls continued their relationship with Kennecott working on PLC programming, HMI configurmation and commissioning of the smelter breaker-status, Hydromet expansion and Anode Etching Laser.

Finally, through 2013 and 2014 Reliable Controls performed PLC programming on the smelter PLC code standards and implementation; followed with engineering support during the 2014 smelter shutdown repairs.

Most recently, Reliable Controls has been working with Kennecott to investigate, troubleshoot and provide alternate PH transducer (s). Lindsay Lake, a Senior Electrical and Controls Systems Engineer, and Bryan Asusta, a Commissioning Engineer have been taking the lead on this project.

Reliable Controls has maintained a strong working relationship with Kennecott through the years and are proud to call them friends and colleagues. We look forward to many exciting project and opportunities between our two companies in the years to come. Hats off to Kennecott!