For an Australian open-cut mine, the service exchange program developed by mineral processing specialists FLSmidth cut the potential lead time for a replacement fine-coal centrifuge from eight weeks to 48 hours.

Production from the preparation plant at a large Hunter Valley-based thermal coal producer and exporter was severely impacted when one of the six installed fine-coal centrifuges went down due to gearset failure.

The first-choice supplier quoted the replacement time in weeks. FLSmidth said the plant would be operational again in 48 hours. A high-capacity FC1200-LS fine-coal centrifuge with the lubrication system (LS) upgrade was available off-the-shelf from the company’s workshop in Pinkenba, Queensland.
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