Mining and Fleet Operations

Cost Effective Maintenance specialises in purpose built, corrective maintenance solutions for a wide range engine related problems. Working extensively in the mining industry Brid Walker and the team at Cost Effective Maintenance have been providing practical solutions for large scale multi-site operations since 1984.

Maintenance Cost Reductions

Avoiding expensive mechanical repairs and unexpected down time in production can be avoided when the correct measures are undertaken. Over the years there have been huge advances in machinery technology and Cost Effective Maintenance have maintained their high standards of testing to provide the most up to date products and advice.

With site productivity and unforeseen downtime at the forefront of all large scale operations many of the problems encountered today can be avoided. With proven advanced maintenance strategies fleet operations are able to achieve reductions in emissions, energy and production increases, reduce fleet cost and engine failures.

Cost Effective Maintenance provide low cost, easy to implement, innovative solutions to reduce fleet costs and increase production efficiency. CEM’s purpose specific products and strategies are designed to reduce or eliminate costly engine failures and extend engine life.

 Common Problems

  • Eliminate DPF regeneration problems
  • Correct problems of high oil soot
  • Reduce/eliminate EGR problems
  • Eliminate turbo failures
  • Reduce diesel smoke
  • Reduce oil soot / carbon levels
  • Engine overheating problems.
  • Transmission and hydraulic overheating.
  • Eliminate 80% of engine blow-by problems
  • Targeting extended oil drains.
  • Extend engine life by 20% or greater by reducing engine carbon.

These are just some of the problems we regularly correct. The Cost Effective Maintenance approach is to address the root cause of the problem rather than offering a temporary fix. Many of problems mentioned above and many more can be avoided and successfully maintained.

On Site Examples 

  • Exhaust valve failures eliminated in Detroit Diesel 16V92 engines.
  • Reduced incidence of exhaust valve failures in Cummins 1710’s powering Euclid coal haulers
  • Caterpillar Dozer using FTC idled for 2 days at a Queensland coal mine, when operations moved to another pit. Unexpectedly, the engine didn’t glaze.
  • Caterpillar D10 Dozer using FTC idled for 3 days at a PNG copper mine, when the operator left work sick. Unexpectedly, the engine didn’t glaze.
  • Caterpillar D348 engines were dropping exhaust valves (due to heavy carbon build up on valve stems) at 3000-4000hr intervals in coal hauler operation at a Queensland mine. FTC was introduced, the failures disappeared.
  • Caterpillar fleet (WA mining contractor) had heavy engine carbon problem. FTC introduction resulted in engine life more than doubling.

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