Scale Testing

Go 4 Mining Scale Test Rig - Dragline Configuration


LC Engineering makes use of a 1:7 scale dragline operated by Go 4 Mining on a site at Goodna Technology Park.

Scale dragline buckets (with approximately 130 Litres capacity, weighing 100 kg) are fabricated from plate steel and tested to replicate the performance of the full-size buckets in the field.

LC Engineering has conducted many scale tests of dragline buckets and results have been verified and shown to be accurate with field data obtained from the full size machine. The scale testing of buckets has proven an invaluable tool in providing LC engineers with practical development and assurance of design performance.

Final production designs are modified for improved digging efficiency and accurate payloads as a direct result of the scale testing.

Go 4 Mining Scale Testing Excavator Rig

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LC Engineering also utilises Go 4 Mining's scale excavator for testing various aspects of large excavator bucket lips and components.

The machine is configurable with a scale CAT 6060 Back Hoe Boom (shown in image) or a CAT 6060 Tri-Power Face Shovel Boom.

Go 4 Mining Scale Test Rig - Rope Shovel Configuration

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The Go 4 Mining machine is convertible to a rope shovel configuration. This provides LC Engineering with a means of scale testing rope shovel designs and performance.

LC Engineering has previously provided practical solutions to Rio Tinto in regard to rope shovel performance through use of scale testing.


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Hurricane™ Bucket - High Commendation


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