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Timken Helps Save Customer Millions in Unscheduled Downtime
Robinson Mine Owner Credits Timken's Predictive Maintenance Program

CANTON, Ohio, Oct 01, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Timken Company (NYSE:TKR) has provided a predictive maintenance program to Robinson Nevada Mining Company (RNMC) that has helped the mine avoid several million dollars of unscheduled downtime since April 2006.


RNMC, a division of Quadra Mining Ltd., turned to Timken to provide condition monitoring and bearing maintenance training as well as bearing repair services for its Robinson Mine open pit copper and gold mine near Ely, Nev. Since the inception of Timken's training, RNMC technicians have been able to collect data on some of the mine's most critical bearing applications and identify problems before equipment has failed.

 

"Within two months of initiating our program, Timken helped us find impairments in two bearings that undetected could have caused catastrophic results," said Cary Brunson, mill maintenance general superintendent at Robinson Mine. "Without Timken's training and reliability services support, these two events alone could have cost us in excess of an estimated $3 million each in unscheduled downtime, labor and parts."

 

Robinson Mine operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and any unscheduled downtime means loss of mining opportunity. In both cases identified by RNMC, early detection of problems allowed maintenance planners to schedule repairs and order parts to prevent subsequent unplanned shutdown of the equipment.

 

Trip Kern, market manager for Timken's global mining business, said providing robust maintenance, repair and training services is an important and valued offering to mine operators. "The ability to help Robinson Mine make advanced diagnostic decisions to improve their operations reflects Timken's ability to be a friction management solutions provider," Kern said.

 

Timken offers a portfolio of condition monitoring solutions, including portable handheld devices, continuous monitoring devices, online systems and field reliability support services. Those support services range from vibration, infrared thermography and oil analysis to fan balancing, ultrasonic analysis and video-scope inspections.

 

About Quadra Mining Ltd. (TSX: QUA)

 

Quadra is a British Columbia corporation based in Vancouver whose principal mining assets are the Robinson Mine in Nevada, the Carlota copper leach project in construction in Arizona, the Sierra Gorda advanced exploration copper-molybdenum project in Chile, and the Malmbjerg molybdenum development project in Greenland. The company has the goal of becoming a mid-tier base metals development and operating company with interests in a number of advanced exploration, development and producing properties.

 

About The Timken Company

 

The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR, http://www.timken.com) keeps the world turning, with innovative friction management and power transmission products and services, enabling our customers to perform faster and more efficiently. With sales of $5.0 billion in 2006, operations in 26 countries and approximately 25,000 employees, Timken is Where You Turn(TM) for better performance.

 

SOURCE: The Timken Company

 

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