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Fig. 1. In the Peruvian Las Bambas copper mine SKF takes care of the lubrication for the mine´s electric motors. // Bild 1. SKF kümmert sich um das Schmierungsmanagement sämtlicher Elektromotoren in der peruanischen Kupfermine „Las Bambas“ Photo/Foto: SKF

Providing lubrication solutions for one of world’s largest copper mines

SKF has secured a contract with the Las Bambas mine in Peru (Figure 1) to provide lubrication management services for all electric motors in the mine’s concentrator plant. Engineered specifically for Las Bambas, the lubrication solutions will 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.

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

Forecast to produce approximately 400,000 t of copper once fully operational in 2017, Las Bambas will be the third largest copper mine in the world.

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