Vesconite for Mining Applications

Vesconite’s origins lie in the gold mining industry, a notoriously harsh working environment. The product was developed as a maintenance-free alternative to bronze bushings traditionally used in mining equipment. Unlike bronze, Vesconite eliminates three key issues: The need for regular lubrication; the effects of dirt and grit on costly components; the damage caused by water to traditional bushing materials. Vesconite offers up to 10 times the lifespan of traditional bushes in these harsh conditions, and saves hours of downtime caused by machines requiring frequent lubrication.


Vesconite Bushings on a Vertical Borer Stabilizer Rod

Vesconite for Mining - Stabilizer RodSouth Africa – A earth-boring company was looking for a durable material to create stabilizers for its borer machines. The machine bores between levels in mines and is capable of boring chutes up to 120m. The drill steel is subject to high levels of grit and rock. The Vesconite stabilizers help align the drill steel, thereby avoiding whip in the drill. Despite the dirty conditions, the new stabilizers required no lubrication between recommended overhaul schedules, and general maintenance and downtime were substantially reduced.

Vesconite Used on Flask Door Opening Mechanism

Vesconite for Mining - Flask DoorSouth Africa – Flask doors are opening mechanisms allowing ore to pass through and into a skip situated below. Knuckle pin bushes, used on the door’s opening mechanism, are traditionally made from bronze. In this particular instance, the original bushes were subject to heavy wear and eventual seizure due to dirt and lack of lubrication – accessing these bushes is difficult. Vesconite bushes were retrofitted to the mechanism. External lubrication was no longer required and Vesconite’s remarkable ability to function well in dirt and grit meant that maintenance and replacement schedules were greatly reduced.


Benefits

  • Vesconite has been shown to offer up to 10 times the life of bronze in these harsh conditions.
  • Vesconite is hard wearing and eliminates time-consuming greasing of bushing parts.
  • Vesconite prevents damage to costly machine shafts.
  • Vesconite is unaffected by dirty, gritty and damp conditions.
  • Vesconite does not swell or distort when exposed to water.
  • Vesconite low friction co-efficient and high abrasion resistance is well suited to many mining applications.

Common Mining Applications

  • Underground drilling equipment
  • Battery locomotive axles
  • Mining winches
  • Drill rig boom slides
  • Mining skips
  • Crushers
  • Earth-moving equipment

Material Comparison

  • Drilling equipment bushes usually require regular greasing and maintenance.
  • Nylon bushings in mining pumps swell in wet and damp conditions, resulting in potential seizure.
  • Bronze and nylon bushes deteriorate quickly when operating in dirty conditions.
  • Nylon bushings distort under high loads, resulting in equipment failure and damage to other machine components.