CIM Sudbury General Membership Meeting Distinguished Lecturer
Wilson Pascheto, Manager of the Materials Technology Group of XPS Testing and Consulting Services holds a Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering from Mackenzie University in Brazil and a Master’s of Materials of Engineering from McMaster University. He has 30 years of plant and laboratory experience in the fields of corrosion, wear, welding, mechanical properties of materials, materials testing and selection, failure investigations, research and development in the areas of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites. Wilson has performed over 1,000 failure investigations ranging from small components to heavy industry machinery from smelters, mines, concentrators, refineries and hydrometallurgical operations.
Materials Technology can have significant impact on the success of capital projects. During 20 years of experience working in various large capital projects and operating plants, the author has experienced equipment failures which have caused significant losses, in many cases amounting to millions of dollars which could have been prevented by proper application of Materials Technology. Significant opportunities exist in the Mining Industry to improve the execution of capital projects, increase on-line time, minimize the occurrence of unplanned maintenance due to equipment failures, and all with positive contribution to health and safety. However, in order to explore these opportunities, two main challenges need to be addressed; awareness of the discipline strengths and its potential contributions and the availability of trained Materials Engineers. This talk will discuss the author’s experiences in failure prevention in the mining industry, examples of major project failures and successes as well as their causes and relationships with Materials Technology.