Companies Gearing Up
IN 2018, CMI Technical Services has been on a steady rise.
Growing interest for CMI’s services, in both fixed plant maintenance and onsite machining throughout the Australian, Middle Eastern and West African regions, has kicked up a gear, which is all too pleasing for CMI’s managing director Zeb Ogilvie.
“The shimmering haze of the Middle Eastern division is now our strongest performing region,” Mr Ogilvie said.
“It has been one of both patience and time from all our team members and management involved in the region, which has resulted in the positivity we see today.
“Our clients’ satisfaction has and is always CMI’s focus.”
CMI Technical Services general manager – Middle East Ron Hellberg has been instrumental in establishing relationships with major mining houses, which has resulted in ongoing services at five copper and gold operations in the region.
Mr Hellberg’s focus on increasing machine reliabilities and fit-for-purpose recommendations and repairs has resulted in every operation seeing an increase in plant availabilities.
“The benefit we have over other maintenance service providers is that our team is very diverse; we have hand-picked professionals, all of which strongly hold the companies ethos high and consistently come up with solutions for our clients,” Mr Hellberg said.
“Those solutions are leading to KPI’s being exceeded and positively compounding the production throughput results.”
CMI now has a consistent team of 20 men working in the region, with shared workshop facilities in Dammam and larger projects in the pipeline into 2019.
CMI’s diversification into mobile line boring has also gone up a notch thanks to the professionalism, availability, and quality of workmanship shown to its Australian clients.
CMI has four line boring units available in Australia, and with a capability of 38mm (1.5”) to 1500mm (60”) bore diameters, there isn’t much that can’t be achieved.
“Our onsite machining division has really increased thanks to our men operating the line boring units,” Mr Ogilvie said.
“Their professionalism is second to none, great quality of work and communication has thus helped foster client relations.”
Mr Ogilvie added when clients saw its Climax BB7100 borer turn up to site, they were impressed by its layout and ease in which personnel can go about their work.
“We have custom designed bearing support mounts which enhance rigidity thus allowing heavier cuts,” he said.
“We’re able to the big stuff that only a handful of others can offer in Australia.
“In mining, typically it’s dragline swing bores or propel bores, or marine requirements during drydock works like stern tubes, transom bores or winch bores.
“Typically, anything over 500mm where the smaller 2 ¼” bar units will struggle.”