Ensure Lifespan of Electric Shovel Cable

Expande is inviting companies to pre-qualify for the Ensure Lifespan of Electric Shovel Cable challenge.

Submission Deadline: 17 May 2021
Site: BHP Escondida

Technological solutions are being sought to eliminate or reduce the cutting of the different types of cables used to move the bucket in Minera Escondida's fleet of electric shovels. Solutions are desired in the areas of: new materials considering types of cables and their coatings, operational control both in behavior and in the mechanical requirement of the equipment, monitoring and prediction, among others.
Solutions must meet the following requirements:
  • Easy to implement, non-invasive and low maintenance.
  • Heavy duty constructability characteristics.
  • Comply with the quality and safety standards of Minera Escondida.
  • Have a degree of technological maturity (TRL) greater than or equal to 7, at least validated at the industrial test level. Lower solutions (TRL) could be considered in later stages.