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<p>Sandvik HX900 wear plates had results that were 26 times better than hardened steel.</p>
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Sandvik HX900 wear plates had results that were 26 times better than hardened steel.

Plate performance

Sandvik HX900 wear plates exceed performance expectations for AngloGold Ashanti, producing a 26 times better result than hardened steel.

AngloGold Ashanti is one of the world’s largest gold producers, and the Crixás unit in Goiás, Brazil, wanted to further improve its performance as well as improve the safety of its employees. With that in mind, AngloGold Ashanti installed Sandvik HX900 wear plates, a tungsten carbide model, on site in August 2016. After 13 months of operation, Sandvik HX900 had a result 26 times greater than the hardened steel equivalent, and by early 2018 the plates were still in operation after more than 500 days of service. In addition to exceeding performance expectations and reducing operational costs, the plates also reduce the risk exposure of workers, and fewer interventions are needed.