Improved wire rope lubricator design for a mine

Ignatio Madanhire, Tawanda Mushiri, Charles Mbohwa

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The study explored aspects of effective mining wire rope lubrication with regards to minimizing common failures. Thus the work looked at coming up with a design which sought to improve the safety of the wire rope facility and increase production in local Zimbabwean mines through reducing excessive labor cost and unnecessary cost associated with undue replacement of ropes. It is this regard that this work devised a wire rope lubricator that reduced labor allocated to lubricating of wire ropes by more than 50%, as well as achieving high lubricant penetration and cleaning the rope prior the process. The design would reduce the cost of wire rope maintenance by more than 42%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-271
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Issue numberOCT
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventIEOM Bogota Conference / 1st South American Congress 2017 - Bogota, Colombia
Duration: 25 Oct 201626 Oct 2016


  • Cost effectiveness
  • Loss reduction
  • Lube penetration
  • Lubrication
  • Rope failure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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