When tonnes mined increase, so does the wear on the buckets, shovels and other mining attachments.
As the backlog of bucket rebuild work was looking very healthy for Enerflow Mining Services, it was a pivotal factor in the decision to relocate into a new larger workshop that not only had more meterage and an improved layout for workflow, it also had double overhead cranes that reduced the usage of forklifts and provided a safer working environment.
Since being in the new workshop several bucket rebuilds has been completed. The scope of the bucket rebuilds includes stripping out the worn plates, NDT & crack repairs as needed, plotting new wear package designs, line boring & facing all bores, installing new lip and wear package and finished the bucket off with a new paint job.
A rebuilt bucket is more efficient in its operations because it moves more tonnes and therefore saves the client operating costs.
Furthermore, as part of the bucket rebuild detailed drawings are created that allow for wear plates to be conveniently ordered in the future.
Craig Johnston commented that “clients appreciate how the wear plates are designed to decrease the amount of high-risk work that has to be completed onsite” and that “all our designs also take into account and eliminate the risk of elastic spring back that has unfortunately resulted in multiple fatalities.”
With more buckets arriving this month for a rebuild, there is further scope for Enerflow Mining Services to support the local community with Craig Johnston outlining “we actively look to employ people in the local area and with the constant flow of bucket rebuild work we are going to have to expand our workforce.”