Peter Rubie joined John Russell and his company, Russell Mineral Equipment, in 1989 as the company’s third employee. Right from the start, Peter proved instrumental in the design and development of the technology suite known as the RME Mill Relining System, including working on RME’s first Mill Relining Machine (MRM #1), commissioned in late 1990.
Named inventor or co-inventor on all RME patents, Peter is also the creator of RME’s highly-innovative simulation technology known as MILL RELINE DIRECTOR, or MRD – an accomplishment which led to his recognition by Engineers Australia as one of Australia’s most innovative engineers. MRD provides RME’s Customers with actionable insight into the behaviours and performance of a mill reline in order to quantify their contribution to reline time reduction and to develop optimisation strategies.
Peter has held the role of Chief Engineer for most of his long-standing career at RME as well as occupying a number of senior management functions during his tenure.
Between 2012 and 2016, Peter led RME’s global operations as Group General Manager and oversaw the combined efforts of RME’s Group Management team in navigating RME’s successful response to the decline in mining capital investment following the mining construction boom. This same team securely positioned RME for future growth with RME’s Building Our Own Boom strategic program of initiatives.
During this critical period, Peter ensured that RME’s R&D program continued, establishing RME’s Technology Group with the blue-sky vision that one day, the processes and technologies for relining would be performed completely, and safely, from outside the hazardous mill environment.
This commitment to safety and performance optimisation for mineral processing operations has resulted in the recent launch of RME’s world-first technology capabilities known as INSIDEOUT Technology and THUNDERBOLT SKYWAY. These technologies, as well the world-first RUSSELL Mill Relining Machine equipped with AutoMotion, promise to deliver a step change in mill reline safety and performance. With RME’s engineering leadership team, Peter also continues to drive the perpetual advancement of RME’s core products and pre-eminent RME Mill Relining System.
Peter was appointed a Company Director in 2003 and remains an Executive Director to this day. He has authored and presented many conference papers at international mining and minerals processing industry events. Peter completed his New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (NZCE) in 1980 and attained a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) with First Class Honours in 1983.
In 2019, Peter was awarded a Doctor of Professional Engineering from the University of Southern Queensland for his PhD thesis entitled ‘The Optimisation of Grinding Mill Relining Through Mechanisation and Simulation’ – a most significant achievement and much deserved recognition for a life’s work and dedication to the global comminution industry and RME.