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The Jundee Nickel Mine, Western Australia

Posted 18/09/2018
Tyre Protection Chains, Mines & Quarries,

At the Jundee Nickel Mine, extreme tyre wear and premature tyre failure had become an ongoing problem.

Tyre issues were frequent but unpredictable. Replacement tyres were often difficult to source, leaving trucks and machinery out of service for long periods of time.

The costs of lost productivity and replacement tyres were significant and unacceptable. Mine operators contacted RUD Australia seeking a long-term solution to the problem.

RUD Australia recommended the innovative tyre protection chain, the Toro X19.

This chain is specifically designed for use in severe underground applications. As a trial, the chains were fitted to the front axle of a CAT Underground R29000 bogger.

After fitting RUD’s chains, the improvements in tyre lifespan and site productivity were remarkable.

The chains provided over 5500 hours of protection to the tyres, with no tyre failures and minimal maintenance. The tyre wear rate was better than had previously been seen in any underground metalliferous mine.

After the success of this initial trial, RUD tyre protection chains were installed on all key machinery at the Jundee mine.

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