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Weir Minerals wins large comminution order from Nigeria iron ore mine

Two of the largest screens built by Weir Minerals Africa are being designed and manufactured in South Africa as part of a process solution for an iron ore mine in Nigeria.

According to Tiisetso Masekwameng, General Manager Comminution at Weir Minerals Africa, the flowsheet accepted by the customer includes equipment for screening, washing, and grinding supplied by Weir Minerals.

“Within our scope of work are the two largest Enduron® double-deck banana screens built by Weir Minerals,” Masekwameng says. “This is made possible by the depth of design expertise in our Separation Technology Group, an eight-strong team conducting research and development.”

Steven Hunter, Separation Technology Group Leader at Weir Minerals Africa, says the two 51 t Enduron double-deck banana (DBHG 43/97) screens (one pictured) for this project were built upon the designs of the existing Weir Minerals screens range. These large machines measure 4.3 m wide and 9.7 m long and can process 1,750 t/h.

“The customer’s production requirements demanded this considerable size, so we optimised the design by minimising mass without compromising structural integrity,” Hunter says. “We conducted extensive finite element analysis on the whole machine but focused on the main structural elements, ensuring that the units were fit-for-purpose while still being light enough to be driven by the exciters.”

The size of the units still demanded the design and manufacture of Weir Minerals Africa’s largest exciter yet – the Enduron LTX 10. With 120 t of excitation force (at maximum setting), these units will drive the screens at a stroke of 9.4 mm and a gravitational force of 4.6 G.

Hunter said the screens are ready to be fitted with Weir’s IIoT platform, Synertrex. “This allows the machines to be monitored remotely; the system can measure the machine’s performance and any deviations arising that may require proactive attention,” he explained.

The order for Nigeria also includes two Trio® jaw crushers, two Trio cone crushers, two large 2 m by 8 m Trio apron feeders, two Trio pan feeders, eight Enduron vibrating screens and an Enduron HPGR.

For the clay washing circuit, Weir Minerals Africa will supply the mine with a Trio twin-shaft blade mill and Trio twin-shaft coarse washers as well as Warman® slurry pumps.

ME Elecmetal looks for sales, service boost with Road Machinery & Supplies Co partnership

ME Elecmetal has selected Road Machinery & Supplies Co (RMS) as a manufacturers’ representative for its line of crusher wear product solutions.

RMS is a distributor of construction and mining equipment with sales and support operations throughout the Upper Midwest of USA. It represents the best brands in the industry and backs them up with responsive, knowledgeable product support and technology solutions, enabling customers to complete their jobs safely and on time, according to ME Elecmetal.

As a distributor for ME Elecmetal, RMS will provide sales, parts, service, and other support capabilities to customers in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

“As part of our effort to increase our market presence in this important region of the United States, we are pleased to begin our relationship with Road Machinery & Supplies,” George Schlemmer, Director of Crusher Products and Solutions for ME Elecmetal, said. “The years of experience in the states they will represent, as well as their highly skilled and knowledgeable sales and service teams, will be a great asset in providing our end customers with premium quality crushing and aggregate solutions.”

RMS Aggregate Division Manager, Ben Schmidtlein, said: “We feel our new partnership with ME Elecmetal will have a direct impact to our customers’ bottom lines. We are excited to combine top-quality wear materials to our great products and services.”

Metso wins plaudits in Chile with Phibrand supplier ranking

Metso Outotec has received recognition as the leading supplier in the Mining Suppliers’ Ranking conducted by Phibrand in Chile.

In the winning categories, Metso Outotec was nominated under the name Metso, as the survey was initiated in May 2020, prior to the merger of Metso Minerals and Outotec on July 1, 2020.

These categories include Crushers, Mills and Plant Maintenance as well as the highest recognition in the ranking, the Best Performing International Supplier.

Eduardo Nilo, President of Metso Outotec’s South America market area (pictured in the middle), said: “This recognition makes us happy and this is truly a moment of pride for us, as the winners are nominated by the customers themselves in a very competitive, high-end market.

“We want to continue improving and delivering the best service to our customers by knowing their needs and innovating solutions.”

He added: “We are experiencing a historic year for several reasons – we have taken a new step of growth by becoming Metso Outotec, and the pandemic has led us to develop new, safer ways to operate in factories and service centres as well as in the field. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their exceptional work.”

The Mining Suppliers’ Ranking is a globally unique survey in the mining industry, according to Metsou Outotec, providing an outlook on how suppliers are positioned in the Chile market.

Metso Outotec has a strong presence in the whole South America market with six service centres, four factories, four distribution centres, a foundry and a performance centre established in 2019 to focus on remote monitoring.

Halbach & Braun to help modernise Turkey’s Zonguldak coal mining region

A delegation from Turkey’s Zonguldak mining region has signed a cooperation contract with Halbach & Braun Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co that could see the hard coal operation double output and modernises its plant.

According to Halbach & Braun, Turkey’s current energy development plan, which aims to reduce its dependence on energy imports, involves the intensification of coal mining in the Zonguldak region of Turkey; a plan that requires investment in state-of-the-art mining technology.

Against this backdrop, the visit organised by Zonguldak eV Europa of a high-ranking delegation from the Zonguldak mining region and representatives of state politics – represented by Saadet Oruç, Chief Advisor to the President – to Halbach & Braun took place (pictured).

The mining equipment supplier from Hattingen has a strong market position in Turkey and, since last year, has been able to offer mine operators a considerably expanded range of products, it said.

Dr Dietrich Braun, Managing Partner of Halbach & Braun, said: “Our classic core competencies are crushing and conveying – underground and surface mining. Thanks to the participation of the Chinese Yangquan Coal Group in our company, we can now also offer complete range of longwall equipment including shields and shearer loaders.

“We adapt the basic design of the plants to our high-quality standards and to the individual requirements of our customers.”

Turkey’s state-owned mine operator TTK has enlisted the help of the company and, during the company tour in Hattingen, Muharrem Kiraz, Deputy Md of TTK, said: “Our goal is 100% mechanical extraction with modern and highly productive plants from Halbach & Braun.”

In the coming years Zonguldak is to be developed into an energy centre, according to the Germany-based company.

The Ruhr area of Germany could serve as a model here – with the difference that coal production will be expanded instead of discontinued, the company said.

Metin Demir, Chairman of the Regional Chamber of Industry and Commerce, confirmed this: “We have a 180-year mining tradition, and now we are shaping our future. Together with the players in business, associations and politics and also with the employee representatives, we have founded a development association for the region that expressly provides for cooperation with German companies under our cooperation partner Halbach & Braun. We would like to profit from their competence and also from the experiences of the Ruhr area.”

Sandvik bolts on three more “connected crushers” to 800i series

Sandvik says it is expanding its 800i series of cone crushers to include three new models that come equipped, as standard, with an Automation and Connectivity System (ACS).

The new Sandvik 800i series of cone crushers feature mechanical upgrades, connectivity, advanced automation and rebuild possibilities to predict performance, maximise uptime and offer the best in sustainability at the lowest possible cost, Sandvik says.

Sandvik launched the series of “connected crushers” in July 2018.

The three new models – CH830i, CH840i and CS840i – means the 800i crusher series has been improved and extended to offer reliable, intelligent crushing to any mining or aggregate application, according to the company. Connected to My Sandvik, the crushers enable managers and operators to “make decisions based on facts, and see areas for improvement directly, increasing uptime and availability”, Sandvik said.

The ACS continuously monitors and optimises crusher performance and controls the complete lubrication system, increasing uptime and reliability, according to the mining OEM. It replaces the ASRi™ system that was previously in use for the 800i series of cone crushers.

The 800i series has been “toughened and improved to offer greater reliability, higher availability and a low risk of critical failure”, Sandvik says. This sees the crushers have bolted rather than welded top and bottom shell liners making a changeout 90% faster, according to the company.

The over-pressure system keeps dust out, and the standard offline filter keeps oil cleaner, extending oil life by, the company says, up to five times.

“More power output from less energy and more uptime through intelligent crushing make the 800i series a safer, more sustainable choice,” Sandvik said.

The 800i crusher series can be purchased as a completely new crusher, or as a Sandvik REBORN solution, replacing an existing crusher and reusing existing auxiliaries and infrastructure, according to the company. “This plug and play installation minimises disruption and maximises productivity, while offering up to 40% cost savings compared to a complete crusher system,” Sandvik said.

Such a solution was recently installed at the Mantos Blancos copper mine in Chile.

These new crushers also come with Sandvik’s service agreement, which, it says, provides customers with safer operations, low operating costs and long service life. This can increase productivity by up to 10%, according to the company.

Mats Dahlberg, Vice President Lifecycle Service, Stationary Crushing and Screening, said new, digital technologies will transform the way mines and quarries work.

“My Sandvik is the first major step in gaining insights into productivity and predictive maintenance that will drive our industry forward,” he said. “It’s great to offer our customers a service that will truly make a difference to their profitability.”

Superior and CMS Cepcor to crush North America spare parts market

US-based Superior Industries says it has entered into a strategic partnership with CMS Cepcor, Europe’s largest manufacturer of aftermarket crusher parts.

For 40-plus years, CMS Cepcor has manufactured premium crusher spares for more than three dozen active and classic brands throughout Europe, according to Superior. The parts manufacturer recently expanded its global footprint when it launched CMS Cepcor Americas.

As part of the agreement, CMS Cepcor Americas will stock, sell and service aftermarket parts throughout North and South America from its US headquarters in Pekin, Illinois. In addition to the greater market, it will work closely with Superior to supply crushing equipment spares to Superior’s growing group of crushing dealers and customers, Superior said.

Doug Parsons, President of CMS Cepcor Americas, said: “We have assembled a talented team of industry veterans who understand what it means to serve customers with high-quality products backed by timely support. Personally, my relationship with Superior goes back two decades and our trust and confidence in each other runs deep. We’re excited to fill a gap in the market where customers are not being supported to the level they require.”

From its headquarters in Morris, Minnesota, Superior Industries supplies bulk crushing, screening, washing and conveying systems for industries like aggregates, mining, bulk terminals, agriculture, power and biomass. In addition to its home plant, Superior operates from five additional US facilities, three in Brazil and two more in Canada.

CMS Cepcor wins plaudits for overseas crusher parts sales

CMS Cepcor® has been recognised for its overseas sales growth in the last three years, receiving a Queen’s Award for the second time in its history.

On this occasion, the company received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2019.

“This award is due to significant sales increases in Europe, Latin America and Russia where the company has had exceptional sales growth,” CMS Cepcor said.

“The success is due to the hard work of their winning team, significant growth in spare part stock inventory and continual development of a product range to serve both modern and classic crushers.”

Spread throughout the mining and quarrying sectors, CMS Cepcor has, through prioritising service and premium quality products, continued to build trust and confidence in the business, it said.

Originally trading as Crusher Manganese Steels Ltd and founded some 30-years ago, the company, now based in Coalville, UK, employs close to 100 people and has enjoyed double-digit growth for each of the last three years, it said.

“Over the last six years, the company has invested millions of pounds in their Coalville sites, including building a new global headquarters and the opening of a 3,000 m² technical centre,” CMS Cepcor said.

On top of this, the company plans to open a new 6,000 m² global parts centre, adjacent to its technical centre, during the June quarter.

CMS Cepcor was previously awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2012 for its export sales.

The company says it is Europe’s leading aftermarket manufacturer and supplier of crusher spare parts, mining grade crusher liners and crusher service to mining, aggregate production and associated crushing industries globally.

Crushing the mining numbers at Metso’s Tampere facility

Metso’s Tampere, Finland, facility is due to deliver some 1,000 crushing and screening units this year as the company makes full use of the €1 million ($1.15 million) Speedline assembly line it started up in January.

The investment, targeting both efficiency and safety improvements, has enabled Metso Tampere to produce more of its famous Lokotrack® mobile track-mounted crushing units, while also speeding up production of C-series jaw crushers and GP-series cone crushers.

The assembly of a 50 t, track-mounted crushing plant now takes two working days. The serial production line operates in two shifts and has increased Metso’s mobile crushing plant production capacity by 25%.

The majority of these products will find their way into the aggregates industry, but the largest equipment will be seen in mining operations around the world – for example, the Lokotrack LT200 in use at the Altay Polimetally LLP copper mine in Kazakhstan.

IM Editor Dan Gleeson toured the centre last week and found out about the company’s extensive crushing database and how its rock laboratory is offering customers a preview of how its machines could perform.

Piles of rock

Metso’s crushing R&D facility in Tampere is receiving rock samples from all over the world on a weekly and, sometimes, daily basis.

As IM approached the 10-year old rock laboratory in Tampere, piles of rock were waiting outside for testing in a full-scale, enclosed crushing facility configurable with a jaw crusher and either a cone, gyratory, or impact crusher. Various screens were also able to be installed.

Powered by a 300 kW motor and housed inside a roofed facility, this crushing circuit provides customers looking to buy a Metso crusher with the sort of information they only normally receive after the new plant is delivered and commissioned at site.

But, for those not wanting to transport a few tonnes of material to the Tampere facility, Metso has devised a much smaller rock test that only requires a 4 kg sample and tests the hardness, crushability and abrasiveness of the rock in question.

Inside the test centre, manager Ville Viberg talked IM through this much smaller process, explaining the rock test also indicates how quickly a crusher’s wear parts may reach the point of failure – a boon for customers already planning their maintenance shifts years in advance.

Viberg said the company had carried out some 17,000 rock tests to date across the globe, plus some 5,000 crushing tests on the much bigger scale.

This has provided the company with a massive database to refer back to, which it often does in the cyclical mining industry.

On top of this, the company’s Bruno simulation software, mainly used for aggregates applications, offers another level of expertise, allowing users to enter basic feed material and machinery data into the process with the software predicting how the process will perform. Today, there are more than 7,000 users of Bruno, which was developed by Metso all the way back in 1994.

In the future, Metso’s R&D for mining is clear on the direction it is taking – finding solutions to increase energy efficiency and prolong machine life.

This has already seen the company launch its Superior™ MKIII; a gyratory crusher offering 30% higher capacity than other high-speed crushers and 70% lower downtime with a rotable top shell design. The third-generation machine also comes with a five-year warranty for all main components.

The MKIII gyratory crusher was developed in Metso’s mining competence centres with the development headed by the Waukesha centre, in the US, which focuses on mining crushers.

From IM’s visit, it was clear that the more than 100-year old factory in Tampere, which is one of several Metso minerals R&D centres around the world, has plenty of new innovations up its sleeve.

Like the rest of the Metso group, the addition of a digitalised platform like Metso Metrics for Mining – due to be launched next month – will enable the factory to keep developing products to solve the industry’s needs.