Electric rope shovels with capacities up to 100 tons (90.8 tonnes) and draglines with bucket capacities up to 160 cubic yards (122 cubic meters) are used for high production loading in surface mines. Due to the global demands for metals and power, mines are required to operate at full capacity. Mine operations cannot afford any critical assets to shutdown unexpectedly; downtime for a single shovel can be as much as US$500,000 per hour.
Dan Nower, Global Manager at Emerson Process Management discusses the many benefits of using vibration monitoring on mining equipment to better predict machinery health. Electric mining shovels are inherently complex and predicting maintenance schedules can be difficult without the right tools. Read this article online for the full case study on Online Vibration Monitoring for Mining Equipment.
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