Business Development Manager
Regional Director of Business Development Critical Infrastructure
We have used our extensive knowledge of the mining industry, of stress monitoring, materials and equipment engineering to develop DuraCluster, to extend life and reduce repair costs of operational draglines.
This, and improved design modification and repair scheme, dramatically improves the fatigue performance on existing draglines with tubular boom designs.
Longer life, less downtime, significantly lower cost:
how can DuraCluster improve your operations?
How DuraCluster benefits your dragline operation
Very easy installation +/1 1 week per cluster
Cost savings - up to $18M can be made on a major boom repair
Multiple clusters can be modified simultaneously
Significant reduction of stress concentrations
Improved load paths
Dramatically extend the fatigue life of tubular boom and mast structures (Est. 15-20x)
Excellent access for welding ensures all damaged welds are repaired
Reduced maintenance and inspection workloads moving forward
Easier inspection and NDT on the upgraded cluster design
STAGE 1: Attach engineered bracing to maintain geometry.
STAGE 2: Remove lacing member ends adjacent to the main chord, repair surface of main chord to pass 100% UT inspection.
STAGE 3: Prepare lacing ends and main chord surface for welding.
STAGE 4: Weld new members
STAGE 5: Complete post weld actions, apply corrosion protection coatings.
With DuraCluster offering the highest levels of lifecycle support and optimization of removal capacity at the lowest cost per tonne, our dragline design scheme is one of the industry’s most sustainable mining solutions.
BMT's Ryan Sharp and Arnold Williams highlight how technological innovations can help optimise and reduce maintenance and inspection workloads.
Conveyors are the arteries of a bulk material handling facility. High levels of availability are a prerequisite for the smooth running of an operation, while downtime will have a disproportionally disruptive effect