Metso launches modular FIT and Foresight conveyors for fast set-up and increased productivity

Metso is launching productised FIT™ in-plant and Foresight™ overland conveyors for reliable material transportation in the mining industry. The standardised conveyor modules and premium components offer high capacity and layout flexibility as well as substantial savings in time and resources, from feasibility and design to implementation, thereby enabling higher lifetime productivity.

The high-capacity Metso Foresight™ overland conveyors are fixed or relocatable and connect the primary crushing station with the coarse ore stockpile. The Metso FIT™ in-plant conveyors are compatible with Metso FIT™ crushing plants that are designed for the most demanding mining applications.

“The modular FIT™ and Foresight™ conveyors take project ease, speed and productivity to the next level. We have designed these conveyors for easier planning, configuration, installation and maintenance with a wide range of modules and components. This enables our mining customers to get their in-plant and overland conveying systems up and running faster and brings a quicker return on investment,” says Guillaume Lambert, SVP, Crushing at Metso.

“Thanks to the standardised modular design of the conveyors, we have been able to shorten delivery time by up to 25% and set-up time by up to 15%. Metso premium components are used in the conveyors, and the use of ConveyInsights™ predictive maintenance and flow control technology can help our customers achieve their productivity targets. To improve the feasibility study process on Foresight™ overland conveyors, we developed the William Conveyor Explorer, an application software that is connected to our conveyor module range. It can be found in the new Metso Crush and Convey Resource Center. Our mining and EPC/M customers can enter their process and route data and then instantly assess multiple options and download the modules they need for efficient planning in their software environment. This development also supports mine electrification programs to reach fast decarbonisation plans and targets,” notes Lambert.

To ensure continuous conveyor performance, Metso can provide a wide scope of services ranging from optimisation and life-cycle services to premium wear and spare parts. Metso has installed over 1,000km of conveyors globally.

The launch was the subject of an in-depth interview with Leif Berndt, Metso Director IPCC, which will feature in the in-pit crushing and conveying article in the shortly to come out May edition of IMBerndt says Metso set out to answer the question, how do we make IPCC easier, less complex and mysterious and easier to engage with? “We thought can we not break it down into something simpler and more useful with a much lower threshold of engagement. Plus, to make study analysis much faster and more streamlined. It is also the case that there has to be a new ‘meeting point’ between mobile fleet and IPCC. Where this will be figured out in the next three to five years when we know more about the battery or hybrid trucks and what they really need to be productive in terms of charging whether fixed or dynamic.”

Berndt adds: “Mining companies today want fast, available and affordable decarbonisation. For IPCC, we think we are able to do this by avoiding very detailed studies & ETO manufacturing and instead using modularised already available products instead of tailor-made systems including a pre-ordained, productised set of conveyor solutions. So we are launching the Foresight ™ overland conveyor which follows on from the Foresight ™ crushing station, for example the SMPG and apron feeder. Then within the overland conveyor solution we have ready to go modules for the tail station, main conveyor module, head station and coarse ore stacker. They cover a range from 1,400 to 2,400 mm width. We connect these modules as we go and have immediate impact in terms of pricing and OPEX that can quickly be fed into client study planning. We think this modular approach allows for 70% plus faster feasibility.”