Best in class is not an unachievable concept when it comes to horizontal grinding mill performance – the most critical asset of a hard rock mining operation.
With only one or two horizontal grinding mills per plant, unplanned outages can stop production altogether.
Common frustrations faced by mining companies are connected to insufficient availability due to unpredicted failures resulting in unplanned shutdowns.
SKF, with over a century of engineering knowledge, has been working with companies to boost rotating equipment performance and increasing the availability of critical assets.
With solid engineering knowledge in both mechanical and technology solutions that can help mining companies prevent the major cost of downtime events and extend equipment lifetime, SKF has a solution.
Also, SKF has a new pay-for-performance business model allowing mining companies to increase mill availability using operating budget rather than capital investment budget.
This allows the alignment of the interests of both the customer and the supplier using fee-based performance business models that improve value creation for all.
“There is a way you can help improve mean time between failures and reduce your operating costs,” SKF stated.
“Initiate a monitoring (program) that integrates bearing technology, lubrication management, failure detection, and reliability services.
“… A data-driven maintenance approach makes it possible to move from a reactive and preventive maintenance regime to a cost-efficient and safe predictive maintenance model.”
Companies can subscribe to SKF’s services for a monthly or quarterly fee, instead of making large upfront capital investments.
Its pay-for-performance model works by identifying areas for improvement, plan for action during scheduled shutdowns, and the use of technology and services to detect issues before they become downtime events.
By correlating data collected in real-time with mill output, SKF is also able to help companies get more out of their mill to increase their process performance.
SKF also offers customised mill fault detection systems, bearing and gearing inspections, lubrication system checks, drivetrain condition checks, application redesign and simulation, bearing housing and gear selling upgrades, as well as precision installation and alignment services.