FLSmidth wins multi-year contract to service HPGRs at Chile mines

A leading Chile-based iron ore miner has awarded FLSmidth with a multiple year contract to service its five high pressure grinding rolls (HPGRs) across three of its mines in Chile, with the key focus for the customer to enhance productivity and extend the lifetime of its HPGRs.

HPGRs are subject to significant wear and tear. Consequently, keeping them in operation is key to securing a mine’s productivity and throughput as well as reducing customers’ operational costs. To facilitate to this, having a strong service setup around HPGRs is paramount.

The new service order on these five HPGRs, which originally have been installed by another equipment provider, proves that FLSmidth’s HPGR service offerings are among the most attractive in the market, the company says. All assembly works as well as repairs on shafts are included in the contract.

The service contract will be managed and executed by FLSmidth’s Chilean service centre, which is in close proximity to the three mines, thereby reducing logistic costs to customer and providing best in class services, it added. FLSmidth’s service centre is fully equipped to manufacture large HPGR parts and allows all work to be performed in a clean environment and using best in class tools.

Prior to winning this new service contract, FLSmidth has previously delivered HPGR roll tyres to the customer, which have proven to last more than three times as long as the originally installed roll tyres as well as increased operational availability and significantly reduced recirculation, the company says.

Joshua Meyer, Service Business Line President at FLSmidth, says: “For long our HPGR solution has been regarded among the best in the industry. The fact that we can win a large service contract on a non-FLSmidth HPGR platform proves that we have the service concept to back up the technology, securing enhanced productivity and extended lifetime.”