Using the Outcast bucket will provide opportunities to increase production by increasing availability and reducing cycle times.
Reduced maintenance provides an opportunity to increase availability. The performance during the twelve-week trial indicated a reduction in on-site bucket maintenance of around 30 hours per annum per loader.
The smooth profile of the Outcast bucket can reduce cycle times by:
- reducing the time to fill the bucket due to reduced penetration resistance; and
- reducing the time to empty the bucket because the material will slide easily across the bucket surface with no hang-up.
The Outcast bucket can also be used to increase the ore carrying capacity of the loader rather than reduce weight. The maintenance cost saving would remain about the same and it is expected the smoother profile of the Outcast bucket will ensure a significant proportion of the fuel cost saving will be retained.