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Bis’ UGM backs up growth plans with new Morisset facility

Australia-based underground services provider, UGM, has opened the doors on its new purpose-built diesel and electrical workshop facility in Morisset, New South Wales.

UGM, which forms part of the Bis group, said the location for the new facility was strategically selected for its proximity to the region’s key mining operators, providing enhanced services for customers.

Building on UGM’s existing underground repair, overhaul, field service and spare parts services, the western Lake Macquarie facility was also designed to support UGM in delivering new services to a broader customer set.

Bis Underground Services General Manager, Mark Doyle, said the move will bolster UGM’s diesel and electrical capacity and provide faster expert service for its underground mining and civil customers.

“The Morisset location provides proximity to local mining operations and the opportunity to design a space with a much larger footprint, to support our growth plans.

“The new facility is three times larger, enabling UGM to offer a broader range of niche customer solutions. One of these is growing our tunnelling infrastructure capabilities, including our licensed Mitsui roadheader operations, which services major civil underground projects throughout the Eastern seaboard.”

Weir Minerals makes an impact with Linard modular anti-abrasion panels

Weir Minerals says it has developed new modular anti-abrasion panels that can reduce downtime caused by high impact and abrasive wear in mines and quarries.

Linard®, developed by Weir Minerals engineers and inspired by its customers’ everyday pain points, is available in 30 mm and 50 mm thicknesses, and ideally suited to minimising wear and maintenance in localised impact and wear points, the company said.

The outstanding wear life is owed to the wear material, according to Weir Minerals.

Linard HD60 rubber is configured in a rigid self-sealing construction with steel backing, while the optional composite ceramic (92% alumina) or high-chromium white iron inserts add to the wear life of the panels, Weir Minerals said.

Mark Doyle, Global Product Manager – Rubber, Spool and Hose for Weir Minerals, said: “Our new Linard panels have been designed from the ground up to last in some of the most arduous wear applications.

“Depending on the customer’s needs, we offer composite panels with either ceramic or high chromium white iron inserts, which combined with our Linard HD60 rubber compound to deliver world-class impact and abrasion resistance in chutes, hoppers and under-pans.”

Optimised through comprehensive trials in real mine site applications, Linard outperforms the competition time and again, Weir Minerals said.

Linard modular anti-abrasion panels improved wear life by 10 times replacing a competitor’s teflon wear panels in chutes across two quarries run by Boral Australia, saving more than A$12,000 ($7,605) per annum in direct costs and achieving significant uptime increases due to a 90% reduction in shutdowns, the company claimed.

“The 300 mm² panels interlock to facilitate quick and easy installation and replacement, while reducing the potential for fine material to ingress between the panels,” Weir Minerals said. “Linard modular anti-abrasion panels are supplied in a convenient kit including a range of hold down plugs, and capability to supply drawn arc studs where needed to provide a convenient off-the-shelf but customisable solution to the application.”

Paul Duthy, Wear Solutions Product Manager, Weir Minerals, said the company’s engineers can replace the Linard panels in minutes, reducing the amount of time they need to spend in chutes and other confined spaces.

“They are a bolt-in, bolt-out solution and being modular, they’re easy to fit onto any flat surface that requires extra protection,” he said. “This also makes it easy to swap around composite and standard panels to ensure the highest wear areas are the best protected.”