Reclaimer Wheel Buckets
Bucket wheel reclaimers used in stockyards of large iron ore mines are essential for transporting ore from stockyards to the silos, before being loaded onto conveyor belts. They are vital in keeping downstream operations running through a constant supply of material. Due to their design and operating conditions, the reclaimer buckets are subject to extreme wear conditions, including moderate impact and intense mineral abrasion on a daily basis.
For over 30 years, our technical experts have delivered engineered wear protection to the mining industry through a footprint reaching every major mining region globally.
When Welding Alloys South Africa was approached by a prospective mining customer experiencing significant bucket wear on their reclaimers, they told us they were in the process of inviting proposals from a number of potential suppliers to undertake the work.
Once analysis of the data and findings had been completed, the local Integra™ team reviewed details of similar projects undertaken elsewhere in the world. The focus then shifted towards finding a solution that would best address the unique challenges faced by the customer. Our experienced technical wear specialists approach every new project as unique and work closely with customers through every phase to find and deliver optimal solutions.
Customer records showed that the buckets underwent significant and costly maintenance every couple of months to repair damage caused by mineral abrasion. Additionally, the need for frequent maintenance resulted in regular interruptions to operations, thereby diminishing plant productivity and increasing the total cost of ownership.
Welding Alloys South Africa’s technical experts moved swiftly in identifying two viable solutions aimed at improving productivity and decreasing the risk of downtime and associated maintenance cost. The options were discussed with the customer in detail and after further consultation, our preferred solution was accepted, and we were awarded the contract.