Mechanical and machinery design for mining

We’ve built a reputation for excellence by designing advanced, innovative mining machinery that helps extract commodities more efficiently while increasing safety and environmental protection.

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Key contact

Phil Dana

Regional Business Development Director - Americas

Ottawa, Canada

+1 613 592 2830 (235) offshore@bmtglobal.com

We re-design and engineer existing devices to improve performance, increase capacity or reduce risks.

Whatever the application, we can manage the entire process, from concept development to final commissioning, or provide support for a single aspect. 

We provide ‘win-win’ solutions that increase machine and operator safety as well as productivity, and we offer a range of expert in-house capabilities that include:

  • Mechanical design
  • Structural design
  • Control systems and programmable logic controllers (PLCs)
  • Electrical design
  • Fluid power hydraulics

Surface and underground mining operations depend on machines that can deliver high productivity levels - and do so reliably. But we understand that these must constantly evolve to meet changing market and regulatory needs in an industry with a long heritage of innovation.

Machinery specifications

We help maximise the reliability of new systems by preparing and contributing to detailed technical specifications. We specialise in writing concise technical specifications to define the standard against which you can audit the machine and the procedural rules for conducting the audit. 

We can help you get the most from the mineral processing equipment by providing design capabilities for specific new machinery, including grinding mills, vibrating screens and centrifuges. We also have extensive experience in re-designing and engineering existing machines to extend their service life and reliability.

Advanced Engineering Simulations – FEA, CFD, DEM, coupled analysis

Analysis is a key element in the overall approach to solving problems in large machinery.

It is an integral part of the design, troubleshooting, failure analysis, performance enhancement and life extension services which we provide.

We use mathematic models to help you predict situations and  make important decisions and use leading edge software and computing hardware to provide rapid answers to complex problems involving stress and fatigue analysis, fluid flows, heat transfer, structural and drive dynamics and control systems.

Specialist services

Design audits

Our design audits help you to improve safety, extend structure and machinery life, verify conformance with specification and identify operational risk.

We specialise in fast-track audits, which are run in parallel with the original design of the machine, allowing you to find and correct design deficiencies and errors. We carry out design audits on most major plant and machinery types, enabling you to safely unlock productivity gains.

Conveyors

Our expertly designed conveyors and conveyor systems help you extract and move commodities rapidly, efficiently and safely.

Shovels and draglines

We have a long history of designing and adapting shovel machinery and dragline maintenance and support operations, and it’s that experience that drives the design of innovative features such as real-time feedback and sophisticated diagnostics.

Stackers

We help improve stacker performance by assessing and re-designing your mechanical, structural and electrical systems, then performing accurate site testing using strain gauges and sensors to measure your machines’ motions, stresses, and loads at every phase. With a clear and preciseview of your stacker performance and requirements, you’ll be able to maximise productivity from your machinery while staying within safety limits.

Structures and machines

We excel in designing advanced and highly specialised machines to suit the specific needs of your mine or process. Whatever the application, we can integrate the necessary skills to develop an efficient machine that delivers what we call ‘smart productivity’.

Dump truck frames and bodies

Thanks to our work with haul truck operators and manufacturers, we have a wealth of experience in designing, testing, and analysing truck frames and bodies, drive trains, and suspension units, which we apply to help you improve vehicle performance and site productivity.

Bucket-wheel excavators

As recognised authorities on bucket wheel excavators, we’re perfectly placed to help design systems that deliver to the highest safety standards, particularly in challenging digging conditions such as lignite mines.

Roof supports

Roof support design plays a crucial role in the safe and continued operation of underground mines. We can help you adapt plans to prevent early failures and ensure safe operation by accurately measuring and modelling operating loads and stresses.

Centrifuges

Our experienced expert teams can support your mineral processing, helping you with everything from initial concept to detailed design, including mechanical, structural, hydraulic, electrical control, drafting, fabrication surveillance, installation and commissioning.

 

Expert engineering services

Ore grinding mills, centrifugal fans and cooling towers

We provide a full range of expert engineering services to operators and manufacturers of mills, centrifugal fans, and cooling towers to help maximise productivity while maintaining high levels of safety and regulatory compliance. We help you benefit from a clear view of‘ smart productivity’ from fatigue analysis to design audits and troubleshooting.

  • Finite element stress analysis of all components
  • Fatigue analysis
  • Re-design assessments
  • Drive train analysis
  • Quality assurance (QA) specifications, fabrication inspections
  • Condition audits, refurbishment and life extension, load increase assessments

Vibrating screens

We provide a full range of expert engineering services to operators and manufacturers of vibrating screens to help maximise productivity while maintaining high levels of safety and regulatory compliance. From concept and detailed design to fatigue analysis, design audits and troubleshooting, we support all types of vibrating screen equipment, including single, multiple, flat and banana decks.

  • Specifications and design audits
  • Finite element stress analysis
  • Mechanical and structural design
  • Structural dynamics of wash plant structure
  • Fatigue analysis
  • Drive train analysis
  • Condition audits and life extension

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