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COST-EFFECTIVE PREVENTION OF EQUIPMENT FAILURE INTHE MINING INDUSTRYERNST DREYERTest & Analysis Section/Mechanical Engineering Department,Anglo American Corporation of South Africa Limited45 Main Street, Johannesburg, South AfricaABSTRACTTo operate successfully in a competitive world catastrophic failures need to be prevented.This can be achieved by implementing a balanced approach which covers all phases of thelife cycle of equipment.To gain maximum benefit, the effective prevention of failures should involve a team ofpeople ranging from the supplier to the maintenance personnel on site. Initially, the logicand main elements of the approach are discussed, whereafter the practical implementation andbenefits are illustrated by means of two case studies comprising, respectively, a bucket wheelexcavator and a main ventilation fan.INTRODUCTIONPremature failures in the mining industry are expensive not only because of the high repaircosts involved but primarily as a result of the cost of lost production.This has been theexperience of the gold, coal and diamond operating divisions of Anglo American Corporationof South Africa Limited. The paper outlines efforts that can be made to reduce the numberand extent of failures hence reducing the risks of catastrophic failures and their expensiveconsequences.