New cost-competitive AFP2525 FLSmidth large-scale filter press delivers 93% availability & 95% water recovery

The newly released AFP2525 Automatic Filter Press from FLSmidth it says “delivers high availability and efficiency, with the lowest cost possible – in fact, the lowest cost per tonne of production in the industry.” To keep mines operating at its highest levels, all components of the AFP2525 Automatic Filter Press are also designed for quick and easy maintenance.

The company states: “We know that when treating tailings at high volumes, even the smallest process disruptions add up. That’s why we focussed heavily on ease and speed of maintenance – for instance, the AFP2525 provides fast plate-pack removal, while cloth change and plate maintenance happen outside of the filter, ensuring maximum efficiency and safety while the filter is operating.”

“We are delighted to launch this large-scale, cost-competitive filter press to the mining industry. With a combination of fast and safe maintenance, lower costs and a minimised environmental footprint, the AFP2525 immediately becomes the leading solution in its area. It meets growing customer demand for fast and efficient water recovery and illustrates our determination to meet our MissionZero ambition and help mining move towards zero water waste by 2030,” comments Mikko Keto, Mining President at FLSmidth.

As well as the lowest cost per ton of production, the AFP2525 also delivers the lowest cake moistures and the highest production rates – 300 t/h from a single filter; 7,200 t/d. “The AFP2525 is also highly durable and long-lasting due to a maintenance-friendly, robust design so it is built to last for the life of the mine and beyond. Ultra-efficient water reclamation allows miners to recycle and reuse a significant amount of water in their operations, reducing the need for fresh water intake. This cuts both water-sourcing and wet tailings management costs for the mine site, while also reducing environmental footprint.”

Why does FLSmidth believe that the AFP2525 provides a step change in this area? “Firstly, the AFP2525 has the highest availability in the industry – the filter is easy to maintain, which means costly downtime is minimised. Secondly, the filter is exceptionally efficient and operates at high capacity – ie it maximises water recovery and is suitable for large-scale mines. “Additionally, fast filtration rates and short mechanical times minimise the filter cycle time; this combination of speed and reliability result in the lowest cost per tonne in the industry. With the AFP2525 Automatic Filter Press, miners can expect an average of 93% availability and up to 95% recovery of process water.”

The AFP2525 Automatic Filter Press is a key solution in FLSmidth’s MissionZero ambition to enable mines to eliminate water waste and emissions by 2030.