Recent studies suggest that mine fleet operators aren’t taking maximum advantage of lubrication technologies and services to reduce operating costs

By Russell A. Carter, Contributing Editor

Although it never appears in line entries on corporate balance sheets, annual operating budget estimates, or even daily performance summaries, friction is a steady drag on the industry’s drive for cost containment and productivity improvement. Last year, a paper published in a well-known technical journal attempted to calculate the economic losses resulting from friction and wear in mining — and the numbers are big.*
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