Page 19 - GlobalEyes Edition 3 Jun 2011

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Bradken has developed a
strong relationship with
North Parkes Mine, with
Wear Plate & Block (WPB)
working with the company
to review its wear resistant
material usage and solve
their abrasive wear problems.
North Parkes Mine operates
just outside Parkes in NSW,
Australia producing a
high-grade copper/gold
concentrate that’s shipped
overseas for smelting.
The mine was originally
an open-pit mine, and only
began underground mining
using the block caving
method in 1997.
Hydraulic fracturing
preconditioned the orebody
before an undercut with
extraction access was driven
underneath it. Drawpoints
were excavated between
the top of the extraction
level and the bottom of
the undercut.
These drawpoints are where
the caving rock falls; as the
ore is removed the orebody
caves in and provides a
steady stream of ore.
WHERE
THERE’S
WEAR
THERE’S
A WAY
The ore is removed by
boggers to the ROM bin
for the gyratory crusher,
then by conveyor to the
weigh flasks which fill the
skips that take the ore
to the surface.
WPB followed the entire
process during operation
and during a shutdown,
giving us an opportunity
to view all wear reducing
systems and wear liners
used at North Parkes.
The DRIVE™ approach was
initiated by WPB with North
Parkes. Sales and Marketing
Manager Gary Rew and
Product Development
Manager Cathy Hewett
were invited with NSW
Regional Sales Manager
Bob Wilcher, to undertake
this discovery phase.
Since then, Bob, Sean Mee
(new Account Manager in
Orange) and Joel Smith
(Product Development
Engineer) have been working
with North Parkes personnel
to develop solutions to a
number of their wear-related
problems on the skips, the
weigh flasks and the crusher
feed chute.
Photo of Gary Rew and Cathy Hewett underground at NorthParkes after inspecting a myriad of transfer points.
Showing one of the draw points and the size of the ore that can be generated.