How a mining company reduced costs by over 60% with independent advice

An Independent Opinion Saved a Mining Company Six Figures on Their Motor Repair

Why do some mineral mining and processing companies overspend on repairs? Often they feel locked into expensive, vendor based maintenance and repair contracts, however it can be cheaper and faster to get an independent engineering consultant to give you other options. A copper and gold operation in Queensland needed a worn Toshiba Mill Motor repaired and back on site rapidly.

Author: machinemonitor®


  • Reduced costs by over 60% with independent advice.
  • Managed the scope of repairs to reduce costs and downtime.
  • Used remote management to monitor the repair


Working with the mining company (distributor) and rotating machine maintenance expert.  Iris Power, a Qualitrol Company, was selected and the machine shipped to their workshop. The machine was dismantled and an opening report submitted to the client. The recommendation was to rewind the stator completely, since 10% of the stator wedges were missing, and there was damage to the grading coat.

Our Solution

A partial re-wedge and the application of a grading coat was recommended. Objective evidence was used to understand the issues and determine the optimum solution for the client.