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ISSUE 2: Asphalt reclamation paves way for efficient underground haulage

A well-maintained network of haul roads can be an important factor in determining a mine’s productivity. Potholes, dust and debris slow down trucks and can present safety hazards if left unchecked. By using cold mix asphalt paving more commonly used in surface highways, CVRD Inco was able to create a smooth and durable roadway for one of its underground truck fleets to increase safety and efficiency.

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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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ISSUE 1: Contamination control paying off for Xstrata’s Alumbrera mine

While they may seem small, microscopic particles of dust, dirt and grit in oils and fuel can have a huge impact on a mine. When Xstrata’s Alumbrera mine instituted a rigorous new contamination control process, it resulted in extended major component life, increased availability, lengthened maintenance intervals and ultimately saved the company millions of dollars.

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