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MEI Online: Froth Flotation: Latest News: July 27th 2004


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:: Multotec Flotation Field Service Strategy is a Winner

Flotation equipment forms part of the core of the platinum beneficiation process and more often than not the condition of the flotation equipment dictates whether a plant operates at a profit or loss.

According to Jaco du Toit, branch manager at Multotec Rustenburg, this is the primary reason why the company has implemented field servicing programmes which cater specifically for flotation equipment.

"Flotation equipment is used extensively in platinum industry beneficiation processes, and in a proactive approach we have introduced structured field service contracts which include proper inspection and maintenance on this equipment," du Toit says.

"The major advantage to customers is that during field service activities, our personnel develop a direct insight into the actual plant process as well as first hand knowledge of specific operational conditions. This facilitates accurate condition monitoring and allows for an optimal maintenance strategy," du Toit says.

He says that what is particularly important is that the maintenance and service strategies are customised for individual plants as the specifics of the equipment at the plant will dictate these requirements, and it will therefore vary from customer to customer. The advantage of this is that the strategy is devised to dovetail with the customerís maintenance strategy that includes all scheduled maintenance shutdowns.

Following inspections, a complete inspection survey is prepared for the customer detailing the specific condition of all the flotation equipment with a planned replacement programme. This data is kept on record and over a period it is possible to assist the customer in more accurate maintenance and servicing forecasting. This level of condition monitoring facilitates preventive maintenance activities and significantly reduces the mean time to failure on equipment with subsequent improvements in plant availability and reliability.

Flotation field service contracts are currently operational on both the Eastern and Western Platinum Limbs. Multotec has established service centers in Rustenburg, Potgietersus and also in Zambia that provide this service, in addition to handling the full range of beneficiation and process equipment marketed by the group.




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