Running and maintaining operations at a mine is a tall task for anyone. If you couple the general logistics of the job with a poor system for maintenance, you and your mine are headed for failure. We know what goes into improving mine efficiency. Because we've had to fix many of the problems which have arisen as a result of not implementing some of these suggestions. You may take a step back and think a lot of this is common sense, and to a degree, it is, but if you create a plan based around these ideas and implement accordingly, you will see morale start to boost and efficiency improve in areas you may not have expected.
Most mines employ some system of preventive maintenance, but your procedures may need an overhaul when you look at it from a top-level perspective. We see time and time again operations involving maintenance in the place of the equipment itself rather than a specific place to perform the maintenance. Most of this work takes place either between shifts or at night. As these shifts come to a close or you close down for the night, it makes a lot of sense to rally up all the equipment in one spot and run through the maintenance for each in a rapid-fire succession. This process obviously can’t be done for tracked machines due to the nature of the equipment. If neither of these options fit, lunch breaks and off days can provide a window of opportunity as well. We know it’s all about uptime for your production machines, that’s why Niece offers maintenance packages for our dedicated fuel and lube trucks which greatly improve your production machine availability.