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9 steps to better haul roads

9 ways to ensure haul roads are an asset — not a liability

Well-designed and maintained haul roads a have a significant impact on productivity and costs. When haul roads are kept in top condition, trucks run faster and more safely, cycle times improve and more ore is produced. Good road conditions also reduce truck maintenance, lower fuel costs and reduce tire damage. There are several key activities that will ensure haul roads are kept in top condition.

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ISSUE 9: Production and maintenance. One team and one goal: Productivity.

Mine sites measure productivity by the volume of material they move — and the greater that number, the greater their profitability. All facets of mining operations have an effect on this important number, from the costs of the equipment, to the efficiency of production, to the frequency of maintenance. It’s important to realize the interdependence of these areas — in particular production and maintenance. When these entities work together, they can deliver the lowest cost per unit of material moved, and ultimately the greatest profitability possible.

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ISSUE 2: Steady and straightforward approach drives Ravensworth to success

Sometimes everything comes together. At Xstrata’s Ravensworth Mine in New South Wales, Australia, a good deposit, favorable geology, a skilled workforce and a focus on safety all combine to make a mine that’s been a stable, high-volume producer of coal since 1972.

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ISSUE 1: The last mile from every tire: How haul road maintenance can extend tire life

Tires were once simply considered part of the cost of business; but as the mining industry continues to face a tire shortage, they have become as important as any other wear component. One of the biggest ways a mine can increase tire life is by maintaining good haul roads. While it can be a significant effort, keeping haul roads smooth, appropriately graded and clear of debris can drastically improve tire life and reduce operating costs.

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