Keech answers demand for customised mining buckets
Mining companies will soon have access to custom-made buckets without having to spend thousands of dollars altering their own.
Keech Mining Supplies is offering the buckets across the sector in a move the business claims will change the industry's state of play.
The move will enable mines across the country to benefit from having an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) bucket specifically designed from the outset to meet the unique demands of the operating environment.
Keech's Business Manager Brad Clark said the idea hatched following customer complaints about the time and cost required to customise buckets so as to protect high-wearing areas and increase their lifespan.
According to Mr Clark, it takes up to four days and thousands of dollars for the customisation of mining buckets.
"Given this feedback, we decided to branchout and include custom-made buckets in our service offering," he said.
"Under the business model, we can supply a customised bucket directly to the OEM or, alternatively, we can deliver the custom-made bucket directly to the site."
Mr Clark said the cost of the new buckets will be comparable with standard OEM ones, with a similar lead time.
The business decision comes as Keech's trial with the Cadia East Gold Mine in Orange, New South Wales to prolong the lifespan of their buckets is proving to be a success.
"The mine was so impressed with the early trial results that it has recently added a second loader to the trial."
Mr Clark added that a number of mines have already expressed interest in getting their hands on the custom-made buckets.
"We're confident we're on the right track to delivering a real need in the industry," he said.
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