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A drill designed for drillers

RTDrill has unveiled its latest down the hole (DTH) hammer drill rig, the RTD32, which is now available across Australia through CRAM.

The latest in the range of RTDrill’s surface crawler drill rigs is suitable for drilling diameters of 105 to 203 millimetres and a net drilling depth of 40 metres.

With 403kW engine options in the Tier III and Tier IV models, the RTD32 features a 1000 CFM compressor.

“The new RTD32 combines the efficiency, safety and functionality of the DTH drill rig in its class, combined with an affordable price tag,” says William Rogers, CRAM’s national product manager – surface mining equipment.

“A compact design with 12.55 metres length and 2.5 metres width makes the RTD32 a cost-effective model in terms of operation, transport and maintenance costs.”

The RTD32’s engineered safety controls include a falling object protective structure (FOPS) and a rollover protection system (ROPS) built to European standards. Two emergency stop buttons, one on the drill carriage and another on the control panel, allow immediate engine shutdown and compressor depressurisation. The cab is also equipped with a reversing camera and designed ergonomically for maximum driller comfort and safety, with the option for full MDG15 compliance from the factory.

The drill features a tilting and slewing system mechanism that allows operators to drill in all directions, even horizontally if necessary. The crawler can move at speeds up to 1.9 to 2.62 kilometres per hour and has up to 60 per cent gradeability.

Part of the Motion Asia Pacific business portfolio, CRAM specialises in fluid power, electro-hydraulic engineering and design, undercarriages and specialised maintenance and engineering services.

From multiple service centres across all states, CRAM offers full maintenance support for RTDrill products, facilitating maintenance, refurbishment, repairs and overhauls throughout the entire life cycle of the equipment.

“Our technical team can assist customers with drill rig component supply and service, as well as customisations and adding new machine options. Our clients benefit from access to factory level pricing supported by comprehensive inventory, workshop and site service capabilities,” Rogers says.

 

RTD32 SPECIFICATIONS

  • Application: Down the hole
  • Drill hole diameter: 105-203 mm (4-8 inch)
  • Weight: 31,000 Kg (68,200 lbs)
  • Power: 403 kW@1800-2100 rpm
  • Air volume: 28 ㎥/min (989 CFM)
  • Pressure: 28 bar (406 PSI)

To learn more about the new RTD32 Drill Rig, click here.

 

 

Improving the links in the supply chain

Over the last two years, Inenco Industrial Solutions has made significant improvements to their supply chain, bringing better responsiveness and reliability to customers in the mining segment.

According to Crispin Dobson, General Manager Operations with Inenco, these improvements have translated to shorter order lead times and increased delivery reliability to Inenco businesses.

“We manage our supply chain with a planning and forecasting system that bolts on to our ERP. We’ve customised this extensively in the last couple of years to provide more focus on localised customer usage, and by doing so, we’ve been better able to forecast the product types and quantities that we need to have available,” Crispin explained. “This means customers can be confident that we have the right parts, at the right place, at the right time.”

In a mining context, essential components such as bearings, electric motors, drive shafts, pulleys and belts, will all need to be serviced or replaced periodically. Most customers have preventative maintenance programs in place to replace these parts at regular intervals. In such cases, parts are ordered to be stocked in advance. However, unplanned, emergency breakdowns, can and do occur.

“If a mining operation experiences a breakdown, then that’s time lost in production. Whether it be crushing or grinding ore, or extracting the minerals, a breakdown can have devastating consequences – we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars for every hour lost,” Crispin said. “So, it’s absolutely critical that we can get the right parts to those customers when they need them. Our challenge is having the correct mix of parts, and in the right location, to be able to provide this emergency service to customers.”

In terms of customer reach, the Inenco network is unparalleled. Crispin overlooks the distribution of parts from four distribution centres (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth) to over 80 stores nationwide. He said: “Whether customers are in metropolitan, rural, regional or remote mining towns, we’ve got them covered.”

Importantly, the relationship that Inenco has fostered with its suppliers has been essential to improving their performance and delivery times. Crispin and his team have implemented a supplier continuous improvement program whereby measures such as DIFOT (Delivery In Full On Time) are used to assess and improve performance. Since the program started, Inenco have managed to double the delivery performance of their main suppliers.

“We may have thousands of items on order from each supplier and until the last couple of years, the lead times for some of these have been up to six months, making them very difficult to plan. Under this program, we’ve focused in on certain product ranges to be able to reduce the lead time, and we hold our suppliers accountable to their quoted delivery times,” Crispin explained.

The collaboration goes both ways, as Inenco provides their main suppliers with a rolling 18 month forecast of purchase order recommendations. This forward visibility allows suppliers to plan their own supply chains better thereby resulting in better order fulfilment for Inenco customers.

“The forecast is not a commitment, but it is a strong indication of our buying intentions. We’ve also been able to achieve 70% accuracy with our forecasts which is just about as good as you can get without a crystal ball,” Crispin said. “Many of our suppliers manufacture their wares overseas so this forecast makes a big difference – as even if we haven’t finalised the exact product mix, we’ve got time booked on their production lines already.”

The supply chain team at Inenco have also been working to improve other processes to help suppliers. For example, with some suppliers they’ve modified the way that they put in orders, placing them by sub-groups or product type, rather than just sending in an order with a long list of various parts.

Achieving these results – and working to improve processes – has taken a lot of collaboration and face-to-face time between the formal quarterly review meetings that Crispin and his supply chain team have with key suppliers.

“It’s worth celebrating the fact that we’ve managed to double the delivery performance of our suppliers in the last two years. This is the result of a lot of work from my supply chain team and also the supply chain teams of our suppliers,” Crispin reiterated. “Of course, these benefits translate directly to our customers.”

 

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