Case StudyFebruary 25th, 2022
Bradken crawler shoes provide 78% increase in wear life over OEM.
Bradken supplied the customer with high-wear life crawler shoes. These shoes have performance and productivity benefits over the previous OEM shoes.
Tasiast, Mauritania, West Africa
A customer based in high abrasion and hard rock conditions needed to reduce maintenance and change-out costs to support improved operational performance of the mine site.
Due to the aggressive terrain at the customer’s site location and the high level of excavator travel crucial to meet operational performance, the previous undercarriage required a high amount of maintenance and change-outs to manage the extensive wear on individual parts. Furthermore, the repetitive repairs on the undercarriage meant maintenance crews were often performing hazardous tasks on the excavators in the mine increasing safety management concerns on-site.
The high level of maintenance and change-outs required resulted in extensive lost production time and a high amount of downtime. This equated to expensive operational costs, as well as increased safety management requirements.
Bradken supplied the customer with high-wear life crawler shoes. These shoes have performance and productivity benefits over the previous OEM shoes. Bradken’s crawler shoes are designed for tough wear conditions and are made with through-hardened material that keeps the hardness constant throughout the life of the shoe.
The Bradken shoes also incorporate an improved roller path support structure to provide greater structural integrity and prevent premature breakages.
Increased production availability due to reduced maintenance and change-outs required and zero breakdowns recorded related to the Bradken undercarriage
Increased wear life – Bradken shoes have demonstrated up to a 78% increase in undercarriage life over the OEM offering.
Reduced infield maintenance improves safety implications
Key Delivery Points
78% increase in wear life over OEM
Productivity increase with fewer change-outs
Reduced overall ownership cost by 56% over the period