Failure and downtime reporting - A key to improve mine equipment performance

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 93, No. 1044, 2000

J. Paraszczak, Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec

pment employed is one of the key factors in reducing production cost in mining. One of the best ways to achieve it is an increase in availability. In order to identify the most adverse factors affecting it, reliability and maintainability analysis ought to be done. If its results are to be conclusive, a sufficient amount of credible and consistent data is indispensable. Following the experience from field studies done in underground mines, this paper discusses the current status of failure and maintenance reporting, as well as problems encountered. It exposes the importance of adequate data collection on failures and downtime as well as it reviews the benefits of analysis based on such material. The question of benchmarking with regards to mining equipment performance is also addressed. The paper concludes with some recommendations on data collection and processing, as well as stresses the need to standardize the most important reliability/ maintenance notions throughout the mining industry and to conceive appropriate performance measures.
Keywords: Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF), Load-haul-dumping (LHD), Failure, Maintenance man-hours (MMH), Equipment.