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Mining and metals refining
Jan 23, 2019

Regular, systematic equipment inspections deliver useful site tool and greater reliability

Optimise equipment performance and safety.

Regularly and proactively scheduled inspections are critical for ensuring the longevity and peak performance of equipment and processes at sites. As we all know, unplanned equipment downtime can cause severe financial losses. Equipment failures, multiple calls to a service centre, degrading process efficiency – these are all potential outcomes from equipment that has not been regularly inspected (and, as a result, maintained).

The Outotec Equipment Inspection service provides clear data and expert recommendations that help to improve decision-making and help keep site operations running like clockwork. 

What does an inspection include?

An Outotec Equipment Inspection comprises data analysis and preparation, on-site equipment evaluation, and a full inspection report with follow up as agreed. Many customers choose to include inspection services as part of a long-term maintenance agreement.

Faster and more convenient reporting with digital tools 

Outotec technicians use a cloud-based mobile app to make the inspection and reporting process faster. This means customers get the results more quickly and in a clear, accessible format that’s easy to share with colleagues. The app guides technicians through the inspection process, and even allows them to capture thermal images to support more accurate decision-making.

Comments Charlie Romano, Maintenance Superintendent at KCGM, Kalgoorlie, Australia “It’s a useful report with a good overview. Outotec’s service is very professional”.

As soon as the inspection is complete, customers receive a preliminary report via email, ready for sharing with colleagues. A full report follows after our experts have performed an in-depth analysis of all the equipment data gathered during the inspection.

Explains one Production Metallurgist in Australia “The report looks good and is easy to follow. The summary table is particularly handy. Turnaround time from inspection to initial report is also impressive, so it’s a useful site tool for us”.

It's a useful report with a good overview. Outotec's service is very professional.
Charlie Romano, Maintenance superintendent at KCGM

Greater reliability optimized future planning

A clear understanding of the condition of the equipment and the service needs, including the anticipated need for spare parts in the future, is critical. With the equipment inspection, operational capacity can be maximized by reducing unscheduled downtime. Operating expenses over the long term can also be more easily planned. A key benefit of regular, systematic inspections is greater equipment reliability. 

Explains KCGM’s Charlie Romano “since restarting with the Outotec flotation inspections, (we used Outotec previously many years ago) we have seen an improvement in equipment reliability”.

*Metso Outotec was formed July 1, 2020 when Metso and Outotec merged into one company. This case study has been written prior to the merger under the old company name.

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