SEW-EURODRIVE is continuing its involvement at a major diamond mine in Lesotho by supplying three complete power packs for use on the tailings side of the operation. This follows the earlier successful supply of 20 power packs for the same project.
The initial order was received in December 2014, with technical clarification in 2015, and delivery in February 2016. The latest order, for the three additional power packs, was received in May 2016, and fulfilled in September 2016. Despite the differing lead times, SEW-EURODRIVE’s local stockholding and value-added service offering meant that the requirements of the two orders were met comfortably, comments Head of Projects Rudi Swanepoel.
Each power pack consists of an X-Series Industrial Gearbox with high- and low-speed couplings, motor and base plate. These preassembled units represent significant cost-savings and reduced downtime, as the power pack is supplied with the input coupling shaft with the alignment already carried out. Combined with the above-mentioned shaft alignment, in general there are only two interfaces that need to be fitted. “If all the civils are done correctly, this is a major benefit for the client,” Swanepoel comments.
The X-Series of versatile and powerful IG units from SEW-EURODRIVE provides an ideal solution for conveyor belt drives, with a torque range from 6.8 kNm to 475 kNm. It also features a large number of accessories to allow for maximum flexibility, and a wide range of gear ratios for helical and bevel-helical gear units.
Nearly any mounting position or shaft arrangement on a driven machine can be implemented. A reversible gear unit housing also facilitates variable installation. The robust housing, low-noise gearing and cooling system boost safety and ease of maintenance.
The Lesotho contract represents a significant extension of the OEM’s footprint in the Southern African mining industry, points out Mario Sicchiero, Head of Exports at SEW-EURODRIVE. He explains that the OEM now also has an active Project Department, to interface more closely with key clients, and to ensure that the SEW-EURODRIVE brand is top-of-mind when any tenders are issued.
“The downturn in the mining industry globally has meant a reduction in the number of Greenfield projects, which has resulted in us nurturing those key client relationships in order to maintain our ongoing success in securing new work,” Sicchiero stresses. “However, the general consensus is that commodity prices have bottomed out, which means that major mining houses will start to invest again once these green shoots become visible.”
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