K.Yu. Anistratov, V.Ya. Stremilov, R.G. Gasanov
Over ten recent years the NNTs Gornoe Delo OOO has studied mining machinery and equipment operation practices of the largest mining companies in Russia and the CIS: SUEK OAO, UGMK OAO, Norilsk Nickel OAO, AK ALROSA OAO, mining and processing companies (GOK) of Krivoy Rog. The studies are aimed at the development of the technique for the estimation of the mining equipment service life. The article describes the main points of the technique for the estimation of the economically feasible service life of equipment for surface mining operations. A case study is provided of the Tugnuisky open-cast coal mine.