A gear motor drive assembly and cable spool reel engineered for rope shovels has dramatically decreased the occurrence of unexpected dipper trip system failure, one of the biggest productivity thieves in surface mining operations. The SureTrip dipper spool reel applies constant tension during the dig cycle to maintain full control over the tripping cable, and delivers optimum torque to ensure reliable, consistent gate activation. According to Flanders Electric, the system delivers 99% activation reliability, and it can be custom-set based on digging situations to help maximize digging efficiency.

At shovel operations where SureTrip is installed, Flanders said customers have reported easy integration of the digital drive into existing shovel control systems; significant increases in productivity; much lower levels of operator frustration; extended rope and component life due to smooth torque regulation; fewer maintenance requirements due to elimination of wound motor; and maximized component life due to extreme-duty cable reel assemblies and ring and pinion gear. The system’s Graphic User Interface (GUI) is user friendly, with secure and modifiable settings and intuitive navigation that reduces training costs.