The loss of material owing to wear is costing the mining industry billions of dollars every year. Abrasive wear occurs when small pieces of material are forcefully removed from the surface of steel and other liners as feedstock passes through a chute, for example. Over time, the liner thickness is reduced as a result and eventually needs replacement. The rate at which the liners are worn and the frequency at which they need replacing are functions of the throughput of operations, and the ability of the liner material to combat the removal of material from its surface.
It is a known fact that longer-lasting liners reduce the total cost of ownership, which can be calculated by dividing the total cost of the liner system by the total production tonnage.
Welding Alloys Group has joined the Forrest Group of Industries to form a partnership to supply wear solutions through their combined products and services in Kolwezi, DRC. Welding Alloys is the world leader in the manufacture of hardfacing flux core wires and composite wear plates. The company, as well as in situ installations, supplies ceramics, ceramic compounds and rubber linings.
The alignment of these two companies make it the perfect combination to service the Mining Industry in the DRC.
WASA’s chromium-carbide plate is produced in six variants, including high-temperature applications, extreme abrasive wear, high-impact and lightweight liners with ultrahigh wear-resistant properties.
Besides liner applications and fabrications, WASA also refurbishes worn components by means of rebuilding, hardfacing and ceramics to provide its customers with the most cost-effective solutions to keep wear parts operating for longer.
“Our team of sales and technical experts regularly conduct wear audits. The information from these audits is used to provide special-
ised solutions to our customers in the mining industry to enable them to keep plant and equipment running at optimum production rates for extended periods.