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The equipment used by miners in Ontario are subject to constant friction, tension and compression, which means wear and tear on exposed parts. Continuous use of production equipment regardless of the condition of worn parts can have a huge impact on productivity. Besides failing to extract sufficient amounts of ore, they may eventually break down, resulting in costly downtime.

Mining companies use different techniques to keep their equipment and machines in top condition amidst the pressure they are exposed to throughout each operation. Some of these are the same practices that help prolong the life of more common equipment such as automobiles.