Firm appointed to minimise downtime

Robbie Bentham, plant director at Banks Mining, with Dane Middlemiss and Kevin Monaghan of Pirtek Tyne & Wear.
Robbie Bentham, plant director at Banks Mining, with Dane Middlemiss and Kevin Monaghan of Pirtek Tyne & Wear.

A two year contract has been awarded to a regional supplier to help maximise the operational availability at two surface mines in south east Northumberland.

Pirtek Tyne & Wear has been appointed to provide a new on-site repair service at its Brenkley Lane and Shotton sites near Cramlington, with a new local technician being recruited by Pirtek to carry out repairs between 8am and 5.30pm from Monday to Friday.

Pirtek’s Total Hose Management service will see any hydraulic hose breakdowns on Banks Mining’s plant and vehicle fleet being repaired on the spot, thus reducing any production losses related to having machinery out of action.

Pre-service checks will also be carried out by the on-site Pirtek technician, with cloud-based reports showing the reasons behind failures and analysing how vehicle repairs have been carried out being filed to provide Banks’ plant team with greater insight into how their fleet can best be managed.

Kevin Monaghan, operations director at Pirtek Tyne & Wear, said: “Mechanical breakdowns have a direct impact on the efficiency of Banks Mining’s operations, as well as on their production capacity, so the quicker we can carry out repairs, the smaller these impacts will be.

“Having a client like Banks Mining on our doorstep is a real advantage for both us and them, and we’re aiming to build a strong working relationship with the Shotton and Brenkley Lane teams over the next couple of years and beyond.”

Robbie Bentham, plant director at Banks Mining, added: “Pirtek Tyne & Wear has shown both the mechanical expertise and the service commitment that we needed for this contract, and it’s especially pleasing to be helping them create a new job for a local technician through this new arrangement.”