REVIEW OF INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICES FOR SHAFT ROPE MAINTENANCE ON CONVENTIONAL DRUM HOISTS AND MULTI-ROPE FRICTION WINDERS

SHAFT ROPE MAINTENANCE

2023

Andrew Axiuk ; Haggie North America Inc.

REVIEW OF INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICES FOR SHAFT ROPE MAINTENANCE ON CONVENTIONAL DRUM HOISTS AND MULTI-ROPE FRICTION WINDERS

*Patrick G. Smith

Haggie North America Inc.

578 Duhamel Road, Pincourt, Quebec J7W 4E9

(*Corresponding author:haggie.patsmith@outlook.com)



ABSTRACT

The objective of this paper is to present, from a practical perspective, a review of the most relevant maintenance procedures that are accepted or prescribed to be the most effective in optimising service life potential and to ensure continued safe use of steel wire ropes for shaft mining applications. The paper will address the most common operational issues encountered in the care and operation of shaft ropes for both conventional drum hoists and multi-rope friction winders. For each distinct maintenance procedure presented, a limited amount of theory is discussed to identify the underlying mechanisms at play that must be addressed and to emphasize the logical basis for the recommended course of action.  It is recognised that each installation is unique and that the recommended maintenance procedures may not always be practical or cost effective from an operations standpoint under select circumstances, however the intent remains to promote industry best practices for the knowledge and benefit of the mine hoisting community, from experienced maintenance personnel to new entrants to the industry alike.
Keywords: CIMTL23
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