Wearpact castings from Keech Castings
have recently been used on a fleet of underground loaders in Chile’s copper and gold mines with mining contractors reporting impressive results.
The castings are currently being trialed by five contractors situated in different locations across Chile, and they are at varying stages, following the commencement of the first trial 12-months ago.
Designed for both underground and open pit mining, these castings are suitable for any mineral type.
They feature heavy duty edges and corners which boast the ability to perform under all loading conditions, keeping wear consistent across the edge.
“We made a business decision to enter the Chilean market because we saw a real opportunity to make a difference,” said Mark Adams, Keech’s international sales and marketing manager.
“We appointed a business development manager two years ago and regular visits to Chile by myself to oversee trials and their implementation has proven invaluable in getting to know some of the leading contractors and talking to them about our Wearpact system,” he explains.
The first trial has been going for twelve months and the Wearpact castings have been in use for 2,000 hours while showing no problems.
The castings are also extremely convenient. Prior to their installations the loader buckets needed to be transported many kilometers to Santiago for repairs.
“These loaders are working underground up to 6 km from the surface, so prolonging the lifespan of the buckets significantly reduces the downtime associated with returning the buckets to the surface and transporting them for repairs,” he added.
At another location the castings have been used for approximately 1,000 hours and again they are proving to be extremely successful in reducing bucket wear.
The contractor at this site has subsequently ordered two more of the Wearpact castings, and they will be used with other underground loaders.
Positive results are also expected for the other trials currently in operation even though they are in the early stages.
“Good news travels fast in the mining industry with Keech Chile having purchase orders from contractors for another 10 Wearpact systems, which will be fitted to other loaders in the fleet over the coming months,” added Adams.