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The article will explain why inspections as part of a CMMS software solution are a critical part of mining operations.

Inspections for Mining Assets

Mining operations generate tremendous amounts of dust and even with state of the art ventilation or cleaning systems the dust cannot be completely eradicated. The result is dust settles on everything from heavy equipment, control panels and safety devices.

When enough dust builds up equipment can corrode (dust attracts moisture), control panels malfunction or in worse case scenarios dust buildup can cause an explosion. One way to combat dust buildup is to perform regularly scheduled inspections for mining assets using a CMMSsystem.

The Value of Inspections

Inspections are part of any good preventive maintenance program and they can be performed on any mining asset. Performing inspections can identify problems early enough to avoid major repairs. Given the high cost of mining equipment this can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in emergency repair/replacement and reduce unplanned production downtime.

In addition, regular scheduled inspections may lower accident mining liability claims by using CMMS maintenance management reports that show that asset care is not being neglected. Most importantly, regular scheduled inspections can help prevent mining tragedies and an unnecessary loss of life.

How Inspections work with a CMMS

Upon implementation of CMMS software an asset database is created that includes all asset detail such as location, description, date purchased, serial number, vendor etc. Once the asset detail has been loaded, the CMMSsystem is used to schedule inspections, preventive maintenance and repairs on assets. Once implemented the following occurs:

  • Scheduled inspections are set up based upon industry knowledge, asset knowledge and maintenance experience.
  • Inspection checklists are created identifying what and how a mining asset needs to be inspected for.
  • Inspection checklist are sent to and retrieved using rugged mobile handheld devices.
  • Maintenance staff completes the inspection and records the results using the handheld device.
  • Inspections results are transmitted back to maintenance management for analysis and maintenance planning.
  • The inspection results as well as any work performed are added to the assets permanent record on the CMMS.

The CMMS adds all inspections, preventive maintenance and work history completed to the asset’s history file. This CMMS work history file can then be used to adjust future inspection schedules. Using a mining CMMS, asset and maintenance managers will always know the condition of all assets at any point in time.