Expanding our drifter service from our facility to our client’s sites took place in early 2016 and had been well received by the production teams operating underground. Our specialised maintenance teams offer tailor made
maintenance programs which include fault finding, small repairs, seal changes, commissioning and decommissioning services.
We have enjoyed record run times on the equipment of up to 1000 hours. While we do recommend more frequent services, this just shows how the right processes and procedures can reduce operating costs and therefore increase productivity at the mine. While our above service is usually offered on a contract basis, we also have mobile specialists who can be deployed short term at a client’s site to provide independent machine audits covering operation and preventative maintenance procedures. Training and development of underground teams and creating SOPS – standard operating procedures - to ensure that the correct preventative maintenance takes place on the drill rig.
A fully comprehensive report is submitted to the client. These services are designed to lower repair costs and increase longevity of the drifter. Weco (Pty) develops strategic partnerships with other suppliers in mining who can bring their expertise to Weco's clients with a view to lowering production costs.
One such relationship exists with Maintenance Technique Australia, who have a range of equipment that is designed to improve productivity and decrease repair costs. They also offer underground drill rig maintenance teams who work with the client’s own teams to improve production. This is quite a new concept for South Africa but is very well received in other countries who are equally focused on cost saving.