SKF delivers plant reliability to sub-Sahara based copper mine company

2011 March 15, 23:46 CET

SKF and Konkola Copper Mines Plc (KCM) in Zambia have signed a three-year, two million dollar contract covering a Predictive Maintenance (PdM) solution.

The solution is based on a system that provides early warnings of machinery and plant deterioration. By using the data to plan and implement the correct maintenance and operational actions, the plants total performance and reliability is improved.

- We continue to strengthen our establishment as a solution provider in this region, and help our customers to significantly reduce unplanned shutdowns through implementing these PdM methodologies, says Vartan Vartanian, President SKF Service Division.

For more than fourty years, SKF has supplied KCM and its previous owners with a large range of products, services and solutions. 

- We are very confident to make this investment knowing the competence and delivery potential of SKF. With this solution we expect to significantly reduce maintenance cost and failures and maximize overall reliability and availability in all our plants, says Ganapathy G, Vice President Engineering at KCM.

KCM is the main combined copper mining, concentrating and smelting operation in the Zambian copper industry.

The contract will be implemented on all KCM sites.

Gothenburg, 15 March 2011
Aktiebolaget SKF

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