BOSTON— Wear resistance of rubber liners and other equipment is an important factor for mining applications. Poor wear life can cause increased downtime and reduced throughput due to excessive maintenance requirements and equipment failure. It all adds up to increased operational costs for a mine, according to a release from Cabot Corporation.

Cabot’s latest Engineered Elastomer Composites (E2C™) product is designed to reduce in-field failures and maximize operational uptime. Cabot’s E2C™ DZ8650, part of the Durability series, is formulated to deliver what the company called “breakthrough improvements in erosion and wet abrasion resistance, as well as mechanical strength, in mining rubber applications.” Such applications include slurry pumps, hydrocyclones, and rubber pipes, the company said in the release.

Rubber liners are widely used in mining applications, such as slurry pumps, to protect from wear caused by abrasive ores and tailings. As such, they are critical components to maximize operational uptime. Cabot’s E2C products are reported to extend the life of slurry pump liners by more than 50 percent. In some cases, they have been shown to extend slurry pump life by up to twice as long as conventional reinforcing materials, reducing the total cost of ownership for mine operators while increasing throughput, according to the release.

“We are excited to expand our E2C solutions portfolio with the launch of DZ8650, our first Durability series product for use in industrial rubber products in the mining industry,” explained David Reynolds, vice president and general manager, Cabot Engineered Elastomer Composites, in the release. “DZ8650 gives original equipment manufacturers and suppliers of aftermarket consumables a new opportunity to develop differentiated products and to improve the operational performance of slurry processing systems.”

As a pre-mixed material delivered in highly friable bales, DZ8650 simplifies material handling and supports production flexibility. It can be integrated into an industrial rubber manufacturer’s current production line without additional capital investment. This enables manufacturers to evolve their business models by expanding performance, shortening development cycles, and reducing operational barriers to new product commercialization.

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