In 2015, the maintenance engineer at Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond mine approached us to fix leaking and fast wearing pipe work on their de-grit line. They’d spent more than 1000 man hours repairing, maintaining, and sealing the pipes. Despite this, the pipes were only lasting between 3–6 months, causing unplanned shutdowns.
We completed a site audit with the maintenance team and recommended changing to Slurryflex CLX ceramic-lined mining hose. Ceramic lining in a rubber hose offers better impact absorption and flexibility, and is long lasting in abrasive conditions.
This has been a game-changer for the site—it increased the lifespan of the line spools from 3–6 months to 5 years. This has eliminated unscheduled breakdowns and safety issues cause by leaking pipes.
8x Longer Lifespan for Cyclone Overflow Piping at FMG Solomon Mine