Haynes Group’s light bulb moment
Wednesday 25 May 2016
The winner of the “Out of the box” award in last week's Resources Industry Network Chairman’s Awards, believes their “re-imagined” lighting towers could save large mining contractors millions of dollars a year.
The Haynes Group were recognised for a light plant refurbishment initiative that they undertook in collaboration with their clients.
Among the suite of changes made to the towers, was the replacement of High Voltage (HV) lights with Low Voltage (LV) LED lights, significant engine updates and the introduction of satellite monitoring.
Haynes Group General Manager Tim Magoffin said the changes make them more efficient, serviceable and better for the environment.
“It was really a function of our relationship with our long-term clients,” he told Shift Miner.
“We have worked for Thiess mining for over 20 years in one-way shape or form, doing large equipment overhauls and onsite maintenance and through that relationship, they identified a need to reduce the cost of running their lighting towers.
“For major mining contractors, it’s a significant expense keeping those lighting towers going and maintained.
“A lot of the technology we have put into these towers has reduced a hell of alot of the maintenance costs, first of all going from High Voltage to Low Voltage reduces a lot of the HR costs, because you don't need a HV electrician to be maintaining the gear.
"Diesel fitters who are working on the other machinery around the place can also work on the lighting towers.
“Also with the adaptations we have made, we have gone from three or four cylinder engines down to one cylinder engines, and that is straight away a 75% reduction in fuel burn.
“Potentially with 100 lighting towers you can be saving close to $3.4 million a year on maintenance and running costs, so the numbers really stack up.”
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