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Titan Customer Showcase – Moving Excavators

Moving Excavators In Mines

Moving excavators in and out of open mines sites and inside the mines can be a lengthy and significant cost driver.


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The Challenge

More and more excavators are being used in production mines. When mines try to increase their production, they need to keep expanding their space.

As a result, these companies need well-maintained excavators that can guarantee their mobility and long life to keep production going. They often lose significant time due to slow transportation between the sections of mines which causes productivity loss. That is time you could have used to build your mine and prepare for your subsequent excavation.

When excavators’ undercarriage wear and tear is considered, it becomes clear that time savings are not just about cost savings on fuel or vehicle operating costs. There are also non-quantifiable benefits in trucking, such as the reduced risk of accidents due to fatigued drivers or avoidance of transporting delicate machinery on rough roads.

People in the mining industry know that a day or two spent moving an excavator could mean thousands lost in revenue.

James Wheatley, Managing Director, William Wheatley Ltd.

The Solution

Titan Technologies has revolutionized the movement of excavators within a mine site. 

The Titan CET is a more efficient and cost-effective excavator transport system for the mining industry. It will move your excavators faster, saving time and ensuring maximum safety for operators with its unique patented braking system.

The Movability of Titan CET is a much easier way to transport machines, and avoiding wear and tear on the undercarriage.

James Stafford, Managing Director, Big Machinery

Customer Show Case

Frans Coetzee, Engineering & Technical Procurement Manager, explain why he influenced the company to purchase the Titan CET Excavator Transport Systems and shares his experience.

I was involved in the field testing of a different brand, but in the testing of Titan CET, it became evident that Titan Technologies would save a lot of time in moving excavators on-site.

We purchased the first Titan CET in 2018 for use on excavators up to 200 ton and the second in 2019. Using the Titan CET systems brought considerable savings to the overall production cost in time saved by shorter disruption times to move excavators out of the operation site for blasting or service and maintenance.

The following reasons convinced me to settle for the Titan CET systems as opposed to other options that were available in the marketplace.

  • The braking system on the Titan CET system is superior and has no match in the market.
  • The braking system is remote-controlled by a second vehicle should an emergency arise.
  • The total weight of the unit for the weight they are designed to carry is far less than other brands in the market.
  • Due to the simplicity yet robust design, the Titan CET units are competitively priced and easier to maintain and service.
  • Due to the relatively low weight of the units, it is easy to handle and move around.
  • Being well-built and designed, the units are smaller in design.

The units were used on a coal mining operation Mokomo Recourses in Zimbabwe

The distance between the pits was costly on the machines, from wear and tear on the tracks, components, and hydraulic systems, which would overheat and fail catastrophically at the worst of times.

We used the Titan CET transport systems to move our Liebherr 9150’s, Hitachi 2500’s and Komatsu PC 2000’s.

The brake system on the units is world-class. It can stop the excavator’s complete assembly on top of the bogeys and the tow truck. In the case of the mine in Zimbabwe, a CAT 785D was brought to a safe and quick stop, even on gradients of up to 9 deg.

The Titan CET is highly reliable and cheap to maintain. During my time when we used these units, we had failures like tyres due to punctures and cuts and minor oil leaks due to hoses being damaged during use caused by the negligence of the operators.

Cost Calculation

I have included a simple cost calculator which will calculate the possible cost which can be saved when the system is used properly.

The main cost-saving drive is always the time saved when moving an excavator. It also has other cost implications when the undercarriage’s wear and tear are considered.

With the machine travelling, it also burns a lot of fuel. All this adds up, and in the end, it causes a cost implication on the life of the components, such as the engine and hydraulics, not to mention the time it takes to repair the machines’ undercarriage.

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I highly recommend and suggest using these units in your operation as they will pay for themselves within a short time, depending on the frequency of movement of excavators.

Another exciting factor is that with these units on site and in use, it opens up a whole new possibility of moving the excavators for a quick exploration task on the other end of the mine, which was previously almost impossible.

Frans Coetzee, Engineering & Technical Procurement Manager

I hope my Titan CET Showcase helps and give you a better insight into the advantages of these excavator transport bogey systems. I welcome you to contact me if you need further information and insight.

Conclusion

The mobility of excavators in mining sites is a major challenge for the industry.

Using standard production equipment for moving excavators in mines is slow, expensive, and potentially dangerous. Do you struggle to move your excavators around inside the mining pit?

Do you have an excavator that needs to get into more spaces than before? Are you looking for a more efficient way to transport your excavators?

Are you looking for a Complete Excavator Transport System?

Titan CET brings a total change in mines mobility. It makes it suitable for all sizes of mines, from small, family-owned operations to large international corporations. We have the solution for you if you’re facing performance limits or any other mobility problem due to space/size limitations or compliance issues.

The Titan CET system has a unique patented remote-controlled braking system.

The remote braking and variable traction make the Titan range the safest and most productive transport system, and it increases your on-site production area.

The Titan CET offers the highest level of safety, flexibility, efficiency and reliable way to move your excavators around your mine site available in the market today. It enhanced productivity and profitability without needing a specialist mining haulage company.

Titan CET offers an innovative solution to this challenge by combining remote-controlled breaks with conventional on-site equipment and is introducing a series of patented products that are set to revolutionise the industry.

We would like to introduce ourselves and learn more about your unique needs and challenges. Contact us to see how we can help your mining business today.

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