MacLean now has fleets of ground support and utility vehicles at underground hard rock mines around the globe.
Until recently, this MacLean fleet presence had been concentrated in the Canadian mining hubs of Sudbury and Val d’Or, but in recent years the geographic footprint has expanded to Canada’s far north in Nunavut and Nunavik, as well into Latin America, including Colombia, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the way the mining industry as a whole is actively pursuing strategies to drive down operating costs. Just as the switch to zero emissions EV fleets delivers lower maintenance benefits, so too does fleet commonality offer up cost savings through servicing and replacement parts efficiencies. Fewer suppliers and greater spare parts commonality is music to the ears of mine sites.
A good example of this is the fact that a MacLean 3-Series Cassette Truck (CS3) has a 95% critical spare parts commonality with a MacLean 3-Series Boom Truck (BT3). And this same MacLean Cassette Truck even has a 50% critical spares commonality with a MacLean Bolter, on a separate carrier, in a completely separate vehicle category.
On the servicing side, the more remote that a mine site gets, whether it’s the Canadian Arctic or the green hills of the Caribbean or South America, the more compelling that the versatility of your support technician crew becomes. When getting to and from site is logistically challenging, you need to maximize the ability of the talent at site to solve whatever mobile fleet repair and maintenance issues arise.
Commonality isn’t an issue that generates lots of press, unlike battery electrification or automation, but it’s just as much a part of getting to the mine of the future, today.