Case Study: Replacement procedures and fixture design for replacing head ropes at flagship mining installation
Requirements: Development of a procedure to replace the head ropes on three large hoisting plants. Fixturing and general procedure was to be prepared to maximize commonalities between the three hoist plants.
A detailed procedure was developed within customer requirements to limit exposures and mitigate the risks of handling large ropes. The procedure included sketches, tooling lists and target values to provide simplified reference during completion of the procedure.
Detailed drawing packages were developed for common handling fixtures (deflection sheaves, rope anchoring) designed for use at all three hoisting plants. A level winder was designed to control rope spooling on and off of the rope reels. On-site support was provided during installation of the fixturing and completion of the first rope change.
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