Lower cost per tonne of material conveyed and no loss of production
This is the reality for Dunlop Service customers across the world and can be the reality for owners and managers of mines in sub-Saharan Africa too.
The costs associated with owning and running a conveyor belt are not limited simply to the purchase price. Maintenance, repairs and, critically, lost production as a result of breakdown or belt failure, must all be taken into account when considering the ‘best’ belt to buy.
You get what you pay for
When making capital expenditure on a new conveyor belt it is tempting to look for the cheapest option. But, like most things in life, you get what you pay for. There are reasons why some belts are cheaper than others and these are concerned with the quality of materials used in manufacture, the effectiveness of the production process and the design specification of the finished belt.
A conveyor belt that is not correctly specified for the job or built to withstand the rigours of operation in a harsh mining environment will fail, and will fail repeatedly, resulting in recurring instances of unscheduled downtime and lost production, it will require more visits from service engineers, be problematic during operation and need replacing sooner.
Not only does this present problems in the running of the mine and result in higher overall costs during the belt’s operational lifetime, it also leads to lost production, the value of which cannot be predicted.
Our philosophy is to specify and manufacture conveyor belts that take into account the unique operating criteria of each installation. We have invested heavily in production equipment and we don’t scrimp on materials. And once the belt is in operation, we undertake routine scheduled maintenance. Our maintenance contracts also include common conveyor components, which means that we keep your conveyors running.
This approach has a number of advantages for mine managers and owners:
- Dramatic reduction in breakdowns and unscheduled downtime
- Conveyors keep running smoothly and problem free
- All purchase and maintenance costs are known in advance for effective budgeting
- Fewer breakdowns lead to increased output
- The combined costs of initial belt purchase and maintenance contract are lower than those for a cheaper belt combined with unscheduled repairs