Before

So your heavy mining equipment costs are going up and availability is going down; you need to make a decision: rebuild or replace?

Before you can answer this question, you need to know and understand what some of the important factors are that should be considered.

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The temperature was close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. In the distance, the rumble of massive underground titans could be heard; the chamber would have been pitch black except for the meager light from our headlamps. The floor was slick with thick primordial ooze, and even though we were deep underground, rain steadily fell from the chamber ceiling, and rivers of mud and muck ran on either side of us.

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 getman safety

The value proposition of underground utility vehicles is different than the value proposition of production vehicles. Whereas production vehicles are directly tied to the excavation and removal of material, the role of utility vehicles is to support the overall ongoing operation of an underground mine, and the value proposition of utility vehicles comes from their ability to improve operational safety and reduce overall mine operating costs through improvements in efficiency and productivity.

 

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 zambia

Zambia is one of the most active and exciting mining markets in Central Africa.

The mining industry has been the economic and social backbone of Zambia since the first major phase of profiting of the Copperbelt's deposits commenced in the early 1930s.

 

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 Position, charge, and repeat. From an operator's perspective, manual up-hole charging is physically engaging. It requires an operator to pass a loading wand (hose) into a bore hole overhead, support the weight of the hose and explosive material while resisting the downward force as the explosive material is flowing, and retract it at a steady pace to control its packing density. 

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Remixer Launch

As Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones says, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well you just might find, you get what you need.”

It is always a difficult assignment giving the customer what they want to perform a certain task safely and efficiently, and it is no different in the underground mining segment.  Our customers are always top priority and we must strive to meet their needs.  It may sound strange to many people, but as an engineer I learned a long time ago to never say “NO” to a customer unless it defied the laws of physics or was a safety concern.  If I ever have to say “NO” for the reasons listed above, I have always worked with the customer and given them an alternative to meet their needs.

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CSS Maintenance

“Preventive maintenance costs money, cost machine availability and slows down my production. Why should I do that? If the equipment is not moving it’s not making money!”

“It’s easier, cheaper and less frequent to just replace a part when it breaks!”

How often have we heard this and who do we most often hear it from?  In this blog I am going to give you some insight as to why doing reactive maintenance, or breakdown maintenance as it’s often called, usually costs more regardless of the frequency of the breakdowns.

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Little League

Getman Corporation is an international company that manufactures and distributes underground mining vehicles, and our company prides itself on helping mines work safely and efficiently worldwide while using our products.  We have products on 6 continents and over 24 countries… but that’s not all we do.

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Old Miner

Like many people learning about early American settlers heading west to strike it rich, I envisioned the iconic prospector with pan in hand ready to discover his future.  The classic narrative of a prospector finding the once-in-a-lifetime nugget embodies that period in the history of US gold mining.  It wasn’t until much later that I learned the real treasure was there all along, just too small to see with the naked eye.  Many prospectors were surrounded by gold and never saw it.

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Scoot Crete

Getman Corporation’s beginning in the mining industry started in 1954 with a small motorized wheelbarrow called the Scoot-Crete. Manufactured at the time by Getman Brother’s Construction Company, the most common application for the Scoot-Crete was transporting concrete in municipal construction works ranging from parking ramps to road works and—perhaps most famously—to the construction of the Mackinac Bridge (in Northern Michigan, USA) between 1954 – 1957.

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