Western Australia-based mining product and services supplier, Schlam, is commemorating the delivery of the 300th Hercules mining dump body to one of its key customers, BHP Western Australia Iron Ore.
BHP WAIO received its first Hercules body in 2018 and formalised a supply agreement with Schlam in November of the same year. Today, nearly all the mining trucks across WAIO’s fleet are fitted with a Hercules dump body, Schlam says.
The 300 Hercules dump bodies have been 100% designed and manufactured in Western Australia, creating additional employment opportunities and averaging 56 full time jobs per year.
Being lighter, the Hercules body provides miners with a significant increase in payload, increasing operational efficiency, Schlam says. The innovative curved body design and targeted material selection have resulted in a service life increase of up to 100%.
Hendrik Mueller, Managing Director, Schlam Payload Solutions, said: “Each Hercules body is custom engineered and built to suit the unique operational requirements of the mine site it operates in. Working collaboratively with the BHP team we have been able to identify the key performance criteria needed to deliver on safety, productivity and cost goals.”
He added: “We work closely with BHP, at many levels, especially on-site, with their input having contributed to the ongoing development of some of our products. The Hercules EXO is one example, with the product now being the dump body of choice among iron ore miners in Western Australia, and beyond.”
A commemorative event is being held at Schlam’s head office in Welshpool today. The 300th dump body, with its commemorative livery incorporating the brand colours of both companies, was recently transported from the company’s Forrestfield plant to be proudly
displayed at the event in Welshpool.