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Weir Minerals Boosts Mining Sustainability with OEM Parts

Enhanced Efficiency, Reliability through Genuine Components

by Oluwatosin Alabi

In a move that underscores its commitment to innovation and sustainability, Weir Minerals has intensified its focus on providing engineering solutions designed to enhance the performance of critical mining equipment. Central to this strategy is the emphasis on the use of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts, a decision that significantly impacts the efficiency and longevity of capital equipment such as pumps.

Marnus Koorts, the General Manager of Pumps at Weir Minerals Africa, highlighted the intrinsic link between continuous mining operations and the level of productivity required for profitability. According to Koorts, decades of collaboration with OEMs like Weir Minerals have been crucial in building the technological infrastructure essential for the mining industry’s success.

Koorts pointed out a common misunderstanding in the industry regarding the value of OEM spare parts. Unlike replicated parts that are reverse-engineered to fit the equipment, OEM parts are meticulously designed and manufactured to meet the exact standards of the original equipment. With over 150 years of experience in the field, Weir Minerals prides itself on its ability to offer reliable performance predictions and service intervals for its parts, a critical factor in the long-term success of mining operations.

The reliance on replicated parts poses significant risks, Koorts argued, as their performance and durability cannot be assured. This compromises the mining operations’ efforts to mitigate risk and maintain productivity. In contrast, Weir Minerals’ commitment to providing original spares is a testament to its dedication to supporting customers through sustainable and commercially successful practices.

Furthermore, Weir Minerals’ approach to sustainability extends beyond the efficiency and robustness of its parts. The company’s efforts to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint, coupled with the use of renewable energy in many of its facilities, not only contribute to the sustainability of mining operations but also support customers in achieving their Scope 3 emissions reduction targets.

As the mining industry continues to navigate the challenges of sustainability and efficiency, Weir Minerals’ focus on OEM parts and environmental responsibility positions it as a key partner in achieving these goals.

Source: MiningReviewAfrica

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