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Canadian Mine Earns Plant Reliability Program Award.

Detour Gold, operator of one of the largest gold-producing mines in Canada, was recently recognized by Emerson for its plant reliability efforts at the Detour Lake mine in Ontario. Emerson presented its annual Reliability Program of the Year award to the Toronto-based producer at the 2018 Emerson Global Users Exchange in San Antonio, Texas, noting that Detour Lake has leveraged its reliability strategies to deliver total availability for 2017-2018 that is 22% above the corporate target.

Emerson explained that to begin working toward Detour Gold's corporate vision of 92% uptime for the mine, the team developed a reliability recognition program shared across the organization. The program focuses on predictive and proactive maintenance throughout the plant with key focus in three key areas: lubrication, vibration and conveyor health. To support these strategies, Detour Gold expanded its reliability team from one team member to 12 in just five years.

"The reliability department is recognized as a value added to the process plant and Detour Gold Corp.," said Donald Prevost, reliability specialist for Detour Gold. "Overall cost avoidances realized not only cover all the costs of operating the department, they can further be leveraged to pursue other reliability initiatives."

The reliability team performs predictive maintenance on all applicable equipment and includes post-maintenance testing using predictive technologies to verify top-quality maintenance. As a result, schedule compliance has increased by 12%, and overall unscheduled work, a critical marker for the efficiency of reliability programs, has decreased by 16%.

The reliability team developed a comprehensive lubrication program, installed critical online vibration monitoring equipment with Emerson's AMS 6500 Machinery Health Monitor, AMS 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer, and AMS Machinery Health Manager, and developed a system for properly training technicians to monitor and maintain 2.4 miles of conveyor belt that are critical to operations.

Emerson said its Reliability Program of the Year was established in 1989 to recognize companies and reliability teams that work to deliver the best reliability and maintenance practices globally.

Caption: The Detour Lake mine, shown here, formulates a plant maintenance program that ultimately increases maintenance schedule compliance by 12% while cutting overall unscheduled work by 16%.

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Publication:E&MJ - Engineering & Mining Journal
Date:Nov 1, 2018
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