Five OK Tedi Mining Limited (OMTL) dozer maintenance personnel undertook training at RCT’s Brisbane branch recently.
The Papua New Guinea-based staff embarked on an intensive five-day training course for level 4 and 5 Line-of-Sight following the site’s decision to upgrade its dozer remotes from RCT’s ControlMaster® CM2000 to the state-of-the-art ATX2200 Line-of-Sight remotes.
“We are currently in the process of upgrading the old remote system which has served us well for the past 20 years. The transition to the new remote controls should be completed by the end of the year and it’s important our maintenance staff are prepared,” said OMTL’s Auto Electrician Supervisor, Phillip Bell.
“The change in operating platform would have made it difficult for technicians to have maintained and repaired the new systems on site. This training has empowered staff; making it possible to avoid extended downtime and save thousands of dollars in the costs associated with outsourcing maintenance overseas.
Mr Bell said he was pleased with the outcome of the training course carried out by RCT’s Brisbane-team.
“The knowledge and skills transferred to the technicians will give them the confidence to be able to work on the upgraded system,” he said.
“OTML and RCT have a long standing commitment to deliver safe remote control operating environments for dozer dumps on mine lease. Subsequently the tradesmen and technicians have to be able to repair the systems on site as opposed to sending them off for unknown periods of time.”
OMTL is just one of the many sites RCT provides training to in order to ensure they are self-reliant when it comes to maintaining the ControlMaster® solutions.
“We believe that training is integral for sites utilising our Smart Technology solutions, especially for those in remote locations. RCT training enables site personnel to perform maintenance and repairs themselves to make them self-reliant. In the long run this significantly reduces downtime and increases the longevity of the machines and solutions,” said RCT’s Product Trainer Alan Barton.
While RCT’s Brisbane branch is a great platform to deliver state-of-the-art training, the company offers training worldwide for small groups to an entire workforce, either on or off-site.