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SKF provides lubrication for Las Bambas

SKF has secured a contract with the Las Bambas mine in Peru to provide lubrication management services for all electric motors in the mine’s concentrator plant

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Las Bambas is planned to be fully operational in 2017

Las Bambas is planned to be fully operational in 2017

Engineered specifically for Las Bambas, the lubrication solutions are designed to contribute to increased equipment reliability and cost effectiveness.

The two-year agreement with Las Bambas includes engineering, planning and scheduling, execution and management of all lubrication-related activities for the electric motors. In addition, SKF will supply lubrication system components and tools to the mine.

Carlos Lahura, service & upselling manager at SKF Peru, said: “As part of its reliability programme, Las Bambas needed a world-class lubrication system for its electric motors. Mine personnel contacted SKF to develop a series of integrated lubrication solutions for their rotating machinery and were impressed by our expertise and commitment. As a result, SKF was engaged to provide lubrication management services as well.”

The ultimate SKF Three-Barrier Solution, consisting of sealed SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings, housings and SKF Taconite Seals, has also been deployed for the mine’s overland conveyor belts, with shafts measuring between 500mm and 700mm. The bearings and housings provided will have integrated sensor positions for condition monitoring that offer the improved contamination protection needed in severe weather conditions.

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