As a result of an inspection conducted by the Swiss auditor SGS, in September 2021, the manufacturer of spare parts for mining equipment, Element, was recognized as conforming to the international standard for quality management systems – ISO 9001. The manufacturer of spare and wear parts for mining equipment, Element, recently received certification confirming its compliance with ISO 9001 standards. The document was issued by the Swiss auditor SGS and will be valid for three years. The certificate requires annual inspections by SGS and otherwise loses its validity.
In 2020, a new brand of alternative wear and spare parts for mining equipment entered the Turkish market — Element. According to its official dealer, ERSA Proses, over a year’s worth of collaboration, all the customers’ feedback regarding Element’s parts has been positive. In this article, we’ll look at a recent case where a gold mine was seeking to replace OEM pump parts with those of a lower price but of the same quality.
At the request of an MPP in the North-West of Russia, Element has designed and developed unique linings for the Hazemag fine-grinding roll crusher. At last, our engineers are able to present a solution that reduces the cost of ore processing by 30% while increasing life capacity by 33%, which ultimately reduces the cost of processing a ton of ore by three times.
Marat Abdurakhimov: A high-quality alternative confidently pushes original spare parts out of the market
A manufacturer of spare and wear parts for mining equipment, Element, turned five years old on October 26. Element has emerged from a small startup with a team of just three people to an international company with more than 160 employees. The magazine "Mining Industry" published an interview with the founder and vice-president of the company Marat Abdurakhimov about how a small reseller grew to engulf its competitors in a tight market while confidently occupying its niche as a manufacturer of alternative parts under its own brand with both guarantees and technical support.
Element has recently entered the Iberian Peninsula market. Now, the quarries and mining enterprises in the region are able to substantially cut operating costs by purchasing alternative parts. The extractive industry in Spain includes several mines and a large number of quarries and has a strong impact on the country's economic activity. After the turbulence caused in 2020 by lockdowns and the pandemic disruption, this year brought recovery and expectations of greater investment in infrastructure, supported by the arrival of European funds.
30 to 50% of operating costs at mining enterprises relate to planned repairs. This kind of expenditure is placed in the highest category, and is inevitable; sooner or later, the ore will destroy the lining. Owners of high-quality equipment win on productivity, but inevitably lose millions on the replacement of wear parts for crushing, sorting, and grinding machines, as well as for pumps, conveyors and containers for aggregate transport.
Visitors to the joint stand of Element and Nordfelt No. Z202 will be able to become not only witnesses but also participants in the 3D scanning process. Interested visitors will see the creation of a model of a three-ton pump case, and at the same time, will receive their own 3D portraits.
In 2021, Element expanded its product base for mill unloading pumps with the latest developments of the Warman brand in mind. In particular, Element has assembled and delivered several sets for their MCR 450 pumps. In January 2021, Element delivered several sets of parts for the Warman* MCR 450 pump for the first time to an enterprise in Northern Kazakhstan. The sets include wet-end parts for the rubber lining and metal impellers. To date, the pump is functioning properly in line with its expected performance.
A recent test of Element’s THOR liners demonstrated a mileage of 77 days in one of the plants in the Kursk Magnetic Anomaly (KMA). This is 22% longer than the operating time of armour made in China, and two times longer in relation to the lifetime of local counterparts. Previously, the plant in the KMA procured armour from local manufacturers for the Uralmash KSD 1750 crusher. They couldn’t withstand even 1.5 months. On average, the armour wore out in 42 days. In order to reduce the equipment’s downtime, the plant shifted to liners made in China and, thereby increasing the run time to 63 days.
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