In challenging working environments, reliability and robustness of equipment and network performance is key. We are able to specify and source suitable equipment, products and materials, fit for purpose. These may include ruggedised and other hardened items.

We are able to deliver projects which ensure the reliable performance of networks and communication devices which typically support automation, process control and safety systems.

In instances where there is a planned relocation of facilities, or a major upgrade, we can get involved from the early stages of planning, scoping and project management, or can be engaged slightly later as the preferred delivery partner, be this via a tender process or through competitive quoting.

Project delivery within many industrial environments can include meeting stringent security and vetting requirements and obtaining access and permissions for site visits. Our team are also experienced in working safely in hazardous work locations, meeting all site-based OHSE requirements as stipulated.

Read about how we’ve made the difference for an Industrial client below:

Cristal Global Site Fibre Infrastructure

Client Tronox (Formerly Cristal Global)


Starting before 2010, the senior process control engineer at Cristal Global’s titanium dioxide pigment plant in Kemerton, Western Australia (Note: the business has since changed ownership and become part of Tronox) had identified that additional communications infrastructure was necessary to support the use of future automation and communications technologies. Through a careful planning process it was decided that an automation systems upgrade would be mandatory in the coming years and that the plant required the addition of a formally engineered Safety Instrumented System to the automation regime.

Pathfinder was called in to assist in the design and implementation of fit-for-purpose optical fibre communications infrastructure.

As part of the design a double ring and spur architecture was agreed, with a higher core count being used in the rings to support future use cases which include technologies unknown at the time of installation. Multiple stainless steel outdoor enclosures are combined with equipment room ring access patching locations to provide a convenient choice of physical access locations so that any part of the plant can be quickly patched or linked to any other.

Pathfinder assumed responsibility for the supply, hauling, fit-out, termination and testing of all optical fibre runs and passive elements such as cable tray, outdoor enclosures, racks and fibre optic breakout trays. As the head contractor we subcontracted out the hauling and heavy installation tasks to Swispec, a Bunbury-based electrical contractor.

Pathfinder also supplied custom marked and coloured outdoor loose-tube cable for the dedicated use of the critical systems (automation, safety and control systems). Pathfinder also provided custom made and custom coloured ruggedised patch leads. These custom coloured items provide a visual indication to help in operational identification of these critical infrastructure elements throughout the plant.

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