Electric rope shovel
Electric rope shovel

Know Your Repair Options: Electric Rope Shovel

Keeping your Cat® equipment in top shape is key to maximizing productivity and profits on your mining site. Turn to your Cat dealer for flexible repair options that fit your budget and turnaround time. Plus, know the signs to look out for when your electric rope shovel needs a repair so you can stay a step above the competition.

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When it comes to repairs for your electric rope shovel, you have critical choices to make. Do you repair a part before failure? Do you choose new, Cat® Reman or exchange components?

Here are some questions to help you figure out what you need:

  • How long do you plan to own your electric rope shovel?

  • How much/often do you use your electric rope shovel?

  • What is your expectation regarding price?

  • How quickly does your electric rope shovel need to get back to work?

Take those answers to your Cat dealer, and they’ll guide you toward the best options for you and your budget.

 

PLANNED MAINTENANCE

Keep your electric rope shovel running strong — year after year — with repair before failure maintenance. This includes making sure the wire rope and open gear lube are clean and maintained.  

 

HYDRAULIC OPTIONS

Contamination causes 75-85% of hydraulic system failures. Think of contamination as an invisible thief that can cause major internal damage and catastrophic failure if ignored. But it’s not as scary as it sounds — your Cat dealer can help you figure out how to prevent and treat contamination. Hydraulic repair options include: 

  • Cylinder light hone and reseal 

  • Dealer rebuild or exchange 

  • Cat Reman 

  • Cat New 

 

DRIVETRAIN OPTIONS

A worn drivetrain system can lead to accelerated wear and lower productivity. But if you stay on top of maintenance, you won’t have to worry about repairing after failure — which can cost 2.5 times more than proactive repairs.

Cat gears, bearings, friction material and seals account for up to 40% of the cost of your electric rope shovel’s drivetrain. So it makes sense to use Cat drivetrain components, which are reliable, hardworking and designed specifically for your machine. Drivetrain repair options include:

  • Rebearing/reseal

  • Rebearing/reseal plus

  • Component rebuild/exchange 

  • Cat Reman

  • Cat New Rebuild

 

ENGINE OPTIONS

Don’t wait for your engine to fail. Repairing your engine after failure leads to an average increase in cost of 190%. Regular maintenance intervals and proper inspections are critical to predicting the right time for a repair. There are both visual and non-visual problem indicators that may be causing a loss in productivity and resulting in a higher cost. 

Planned indicators include:

  • S•O•S℠ fluid analysis

  • Service history

  • Engine hours

  • Fuel consumed

Problem indicators include:

  • Dramatic fuel consumption increase

  • Unusual noises

  • Vibration

  • Overheating

  • Leaks

Looking out for these key indicators can help you plan for maintenance and catch the problem early on. Your Cat dealer has you covered with a range of engine repair options including:

  • Rebearing/reseal

  • Rebearing/reseal plus

  • Dealer rebuild/exchange

  • Cat Reman

  • Cat New Rebuild

 

UPGRADES AND ENHANCEMENTS 

If you’re already getting your machine repaired for one thing, consider proactive repairs on another system, or even adding some upgrades.

Unlike with competitors, the initial sale of a Cat product is only the beginning of its lifecycle. Cat Upgrade Enhancements retrofit programs allow you to update the safety, comfort, performance and appearance of your electric rope shovel.

Examples of upgrades:

  • Heavy duty dynamic hoist brake

  • Safety lightning package

  • Immobilization cables

  • Fuel consumption monitoring 

  • Asset IQTM

No matter what your electric rope shovel needs, your local Cat dealer is here to help you find the right solution. Contact your dealer today for the repair option that fits your budget and turnaround needs.

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