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The first stage of the fleet refurbishment programme was to complete a full overhaul of a 150t CAT 785 skip. This task fell to local mining and construction attachment
specialist Miller UK, who have over forty years of experience in the mining repairs sector. Miller UK’s
dedicated repair centre, headed up by Conor Thompson have developed a bespoke overhaul
programme specifically for Banks Mining which included a comprehensive full dumper body
inspection and a scheduled overhaul timeframe in only eight weeks.
“This was a big job with lots of challenges and we have used all of our expertise to
carry out a full overhaul of the skip to meet the specific site requirements for Banks. The
body design has been optimised for maximising wear ability, strength and reliability over the lifetime of the skip,” said Miller’s Specialist
Products Division Manager, Conor Thompson. “Our customers count on our dependability
and expertise and we take great pride in delivering on our commitments,” he added.
During the eight week refurbishment the CAT 785 skip overhaul included a full
internal reline, new external panels, canopy, duck tail and undersides
manufactured with high strength steel and lined with Hardox. In addition to
the replacement of key structural points of the body, there was severe
cracking on most underside bolsters which were gouged out
and re-welded before the skip was fully painted. Upon
completion, the newly installed lifting points where fully
checked and certified before the skip was lifted by two 60t
cranes provided by Mammoet onto a low
loader provided by Hubbway Hire and
escorted back to the coal mine in Northumberland.
Thanks to Miller, Banks Mining was able to reduce machine downtime and get the 150t machine promptly back into action. “This was a large and complex repair and it made sense for us to use Miller’s expertise for this project. They offered us a free onsite inspection as well as an impressively quick turnaround, which has helped us to reduce our downtime”, said Andrew Palmer, plant supervisor at Banks Mining. “Miller offers a fantastic repair service and boasts a wide skill-set, while it’s also a positive for us that they are a fellow north east company, as working with them ties in with our policy of investing in the local supply chain wherever possible’. We have been so happy with the job that they have done, we got a second CAT 785 skip collected by Miller and work has begun for another full overhaul,” he added. March 2019 - Issue 55
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