A mine in the WA goldfields has been using the Outcast Bucket and provided the following estimates of its benefits. Each mine will be different but the opportunity to add value is clear.
|R2900 Outcast Bucket compared to Conventional R2900 CAT Bucket|
|Operating cost savings
$120,000 per year
$8,000 per year
|Lower CO2 emissions||40 tonnes per year|
|Increased loader availability||150 hours per year|
Other benefits not quantified:
- reduced safety hazards:
- remove manual handling hazard associated with replacing heel shrouds, lip shrouds and wear bars.
- reduce exposure to the line of fire when fitting the bucket to the loader and for servicing of bucket pins.
- improved clean-up capability.
- no hang-up observed in an Outcast bucket.
- improved cycle times (easier penetration into the ore and easier to dump)
- no incidental damage from heel blocks (eg catching on truck trays, puncturing ventilation bags).
- reduced shock loads transferred to the loader due to easier penetration.