CarWil transforms mobile mining trucks and equipment with Hardox® steel in higher grades
March 12, 2021 6 min read
Every tough mining operation faces the same innovation challenge: “We don’t have time for that right now.” When it comes to optimizing proven mining equipment, CarWil specializes in breaking the barrier to quickly put the right steel in the right place and deliver profitable efficiency gains.
Mining operations fundamentally succeed or fail on their ability to process material as efficiently as possible. When profitability hinges on mammoth mining trucks hauling 39,000 tonnes (43,000 tons) of earth a day, anything to make them lighter and last longer gets attention. The incentive to innovate, especially for gold mines in the U.S., is directly tied to efficiency. With a recovery ratio of 76 tonnes (84 tons) of raw material to 2.8 grams (1 ounce) of precious metal, even the smallest improvement means more pay dirt.
For designers at CarWil, a Hardox® Wearparts center in Winnemucca, Nevada, the process begins right in the field where real problems cause real pain. For them, it’s critical to conduct first-hand investigations alongside mill mechanics, welders, operations staff members and onsite engineers to get the whole story before offering just any wear steel solution. They focus on the their customer’s specific needs and use innovative steel, like Hardox® 550 and Hardox® 500 Tuf, to get the job done right.
“We pride ourselves on being able to truly add value to our customers’ businesses. This can be an uphill battle, let me tell you,” explains Shane Havens, CarWil General Manager. “Our clients are under extreme pressure every day just to keep the trucks rolling, which makes it difficult for them to break away for us to uncover what’s adding pain and do our job properly.”