New Horus, a small contractor that works in Poderosa Mine in Peru, was moving away from conventional operation to a trackless loading and hauling system. They needed a total solution, including technicians and procedures, necessary to improve their efficiency and one that capitalized on the flexibility of the equipment, with a goal of increasing productivity by 25% while reducing costs 15%.

Solution design

New Horus has been working on development and exploration since 2009 and they made the shift to a trackless loading and hauling system. They practiced conventional mining methods and were more focused on meeting monthly tonnage targets than on the total cost of the operation.

Their fleet was made up of older, second-hand equipment that they were looking to replace and requested a 4-tonnes mining loader. They were most concerned with improving mechanical availability and fuel consumption to improve their current production. Along with the loader, we offered them a total solution package that would allow them to gain better control of their operations and optimize their efficiency, reliability and safety.

As part of the total solution, our technicians began to conduct studies to better understand customer challenges and identify solutions. The technicians studied current maintenance practices and worked with the customer to create a preventative and corrective maintenance plan to improve cost and mechanical availability.

“The support that we received from Komatsu Mining Corp. has helped us to achieve a good standard in our operations. Definitely we recommend their integrated service.”

  • Edgardo Huarcaya General Manager New Horus

Results

At the end of the study, the 4LD mining loaders allowed New Horus to surpass its targets of increasing productivity by 25% and reducing maintenance costs by 15%. After the commissioning of the 4LD units, New Horus increased the tons produced per month by 35% from an average of 2,560 tons/ month to an average of 3,456 tons/month. Additionally, they now have better control over their costs, and have reduced their maintenance costs by 25% from $3.2/hr to $2.4/hr.

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