It Was the Biggest ConExpo-Con/Agg Ever. Here Are Some of the Products and Services We Saw at the Show.
By Mark S. Kuhar and Josephine Smith
Make no mistake, ConExpo-Con/Agg was a monster. There were more than 127,000 people actively engaged in buying on 2.8 million sq. ft. of exhibit space. Indeed, there was a lot to see. Rock Products editors fanned out across the vast expanses of the Las Vegas Convention Center and the surrounding equipment lots to discover some of the great products being displayed. This is the first in a two-part feature.
ASGCO featured the Tru-Trainer conveyor belt tracker, which employs a unique and highly effective tracking action that is non-damaging to the belt and reacts immediately if the conveyor belt begins to drift off center. Its line of Tru-Trainer conveyor belt tracking idlers don’t rely on contact with the belt edge in order to guide it. This means that conveyor belt edge damage, which occurs frequently with other tracking systems, is avoided, noted the company. The center pivot is unique and simple, consisting of a stainless-steel pin within a solid steel center shaft. Continuous alignment by always tracking the belt to the center of the conveyor, reduces edge damage, spillage and overall better conveyor belt tracking performance. The patented design does not rely on the conveyor belt to activate an arm-type tracking mechanism. By utilizing an internal pivot versus external pivot it does not build up with carry back. Also, Tru-Trainer is reactionary in both wet and dry conditions as seen in below- and above-ground mining.
The company launched its latest construction equipment specifically designed to meet the needs of customers across five key areas: Safety, Performance, Advancements, Connectivity and Ergonomics (S.P.A.C.E.). New products included the company’s latest high-performance and fuel-efficient drill rigs, including the SmartROC T40, which offers up to a 50 percent reduction in fuel consumption compared to conventional rigs, and the PowerROC T45, a robust drill rig for aggregate quarrying. The PowerROC T45 features a Power Eco mode that adapts engine speed to rock conditions and can decrease fuel consumption by up to 10 percent. Its latest rock drill bits, including the Powerbit T51. The Powerbit T51 build upon the reputation of the successful Powerbit T45 by offering an enhanced service life and significantly higher penetration rates. It includes an optimized bit shape, is manufactured from stronger, hardened steel, and delivers outstanding strength and wear resistance due to its patented Enduro Extra button surface treatment technology.
Atlas Copco, www.atlascopco.us
The BKT USA, Inc. booth showcased key tires from the Earthmax line-up. The latest launch being the 750/65R25 Earthmax SR 35, which is the first tire to be produced in the 65 series, with several additional developments in the works. The Earthmax SR 35 is a low-profile, all-steel radial tire that is specifically designed for articulated dump trucks and loaders. Choose the cut resistant compound for maximum service life even under severe conditions. The Earthmax line is ever expanding to meet the increasing demands of consumers and will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this June.
CASE Construction Equipment introduced two new crawler excavators to its D Series lineup: the CX490D and CX500D. These new models are designed for heavy excavation work and replace the company’s previous 47-metric-ton excavator the CX470C. Each model is built to provide significant operational gains, including cycle times up to 10 percent faster, improved responsiveness and multifunctional controls, and greater fuel efficiency. An electronically controlled hydraulic pump and larger control and solenoid valves boost breakout forces, increase lifting strength and improve responsiveness. D Series models offer more standard features than previous CASE excavators, simplifying the buying process and making them extremely versatile and operator friendly. All CASE D Series excavators provide peace of mind and lower total cost of ownership through CASE ProCare. The CX500D – the largest Tier 4 Final excavator in the D Series – is a dedicated model for mass excavation that provides outstanding breakout forces and performance. With a special heavy-duty attachment coupler, larger bucket cylinders and optimized kinematics, the CX500D works with larger buckets than the CX490D, providing industry leading speed, productivity and efficiency.
Eight Cat machines made their public debut at the show and a half dozen more machines introduced recently were on display for the first time at an equipment show. The newest Cat machines to be displayed include excavators, wheel loaders, a dozer, an articulated truck, a telehandler and cold planers. Caterpillar also introduced new remote-control technologies and connectivity technologies at the show. New machines displayed include the M317F wheeled excavator, a compact radius design that expands versatility and enhances productivity in tight work areas. The 390F and 336F XE excavators, both with crawler undercarriages, have been updated to deliver improved productivity and lower costs. New Cat wheel loaders included the new 986K, which will replace the H Series model and deliver lower cost per ton in earthmoving and aggregates operations. The 950 GC made its North American debut. The new 745 articulated truck featured an all new cab with enhanced visibility. Innovative machine control features further improve operator efficiency and safety. The new stability assist system reduces the risk of rollovers, and the new Economy Mode reduces fuel consumption.
CEMCO Inc.’s Turbo 80 VSI Crusher is an efficient, highly productive vertical shaft impact crusher capable of processing a variety of aggregate materials and industrial minerals. Available in two models, the Turbo 80 offers a mid-sized option powerful enough to process materials up to 4-in. wide into a uniform, cubical, crushed, high-quality product. Fully customizable, from internal components to portable or stationary configuration, the Turbo 80 is ideal for multiple industries including aggregates, energy production, mining and recycling. CEMCO’s Turbo 54 VSI Crusher is an efficient, highly productive vertical shaft impact crusher capable of processing a variety of aggregate materials and industrial minerals. The Turbo 54 offers a mid-sized option powerful enough to process materials as large as 2-in. wide into a uniform, cubical, crushed, high-quality product. Fully customizable, from internal components to portable or stationary configuration, the Turbo 54 is ideal for multiple industries including aggregates, energy production, mining and recycling.
ContiTech showcased the ContiAlert, a unique conveyor-belt monitoring process that allows users to see belt wear in real time. “A red bonding layer below the top cover is exposed when it’s time to change the belt,” said Chris Marchant, product manager for conveyor belting. “In addition, the ContiAlert system is complete with a calculator that enables customers to determine how much time is remaining before the carcass is exposed and the belt is in need of replacement. It takes the guesswork out of belt replacement, and helps prevent downtime and increase uptime. Prior to the introduction of ContiAlert, the end user was only aware that they had maximized their belt life when the carcass became fully exposed. The purpose of the covers is to protect the carcass. When the covers are removed and the carcass is exposed to the application or environment, this can negatively impact belt and splice performance. ContiAlert in real time provides a visual alert that cover wear is approaching exposure of the carcass.” ContiAlert is available in the abrasion-resistant lineup of ContiTech Select Conveyor Belt specifications and compounds.
A pillar in mining and quarrying operations, John Deere added the 844K Series-III and 844K Series-III Aggregate Handler configuration to its wheel loader line. The workhorse machines offer customers increased uptime and the ability to sell more material more efficiently to improve their bottom lines. “The 844K-III is designed to take on the toughest aggregate and material-moving applications in the world. We worked closely with our customers to design these productive machines to be even more rugged and reliable,” said John Chesterman, product marketing manager, production class four-wheel drive loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “The Aggregate Handler configuration of the 844K-III can load out 24 short tons of non-heaping, lower-density processed matter in just two passes into on-road dump trucks. Heavier heaping materials achieving 12-plus tons is not a problem.” The new wheel loaders offer a 13.5L John Deere PowerTech Final Tier 4 diesel engine that delivers exceptional power at 380 hp for the 844K-III and 401 hp for the aggregate handler configuration. The models are equipped with a standard five-speed transmission with torque-converter lockup in gears two through five. This feature increases acceleration, speeds and cycles, and optimizes power and fuel efficiency during transport, roading and ramp climbing. Other Series-III updates include more robust plumbing with additional bulk heads, which improves service and uptime by minimizing hose rubs. More than three-dozen steel tubes replace 81 ft. of hoses.
John Deere, www.johndeere.com
Eriez showed its magnetic separation, metal detection and material-handling equipment to detect and remove dangerous unwanted metals from conveyed materials. The company displayed its self-cleaning SE-7525 Suspended Electromagnet, 1230 Metal Detector, HVF Heavy Duty Feeder and AIP Pulley. Eriez designs, develops, manufactures and markets magnetic separation, metal detection and materials feeding, screening, conveying and controlling equipment for process and metalworking industries. This year marks the company’s 75th anniversary. Eriez has evolved into a world leader in separation technologies with manufacturing facilities in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom as well as its Erie, Pa., headquarters. It has sales offices across the U.S. and some 80 international markets on five continents.
Flexco addressed splicing, cleaning, tracking and belt slippage need, featuring a full-size conveyor, as well as interactive displays to help attendees better understand the features and benefits of its product solutions. On display at the booth was the PTEZ Belt Trainer. The PTEZ responds and compensates immediately to belt misalignment using the tapered end roller profile to engage the training action. This ensures that the belt stays away from the structure and the material stays on the belt without the use of sensor or edge rollers. The PTEZ Belt Trainers can be used on single-direction or reversing belts with speeds up to 1000 fpm (5 m/s). Flexco also featured the Y-Type Secondary Cleaner, a product that is ideal for use in aggregate applications. With standard and heavy-duty options available, the Y-Type offers multiple blade options and easy maintenance at an affordable price. The Cordless Electric Belt Cutter and Bolt Solid Plate Fastening System were showcased as well.
IronDirect introduced four new Shantui crawler dozers for the North American market: three low-ground-pressure hydrostatic models from 107 to 160 hp (80 to 119 kW) and a 345-hp (257 kW) powershift model. “Shantui dozers are known for rock-solid construction and great productivity at very competitive pricing,” said IronDirect President Tim Frank. “The hydrostatic models feature premium cabs and are well suited for finishing earth work. The powershift model excels in heavier applications such as mining and mass excavation.” The new low-ground-pressure hydrostatic models include: DH10J LGP, DH13K LGP and DH16J2 LGP. All three hydrostatic models have high-visibility cabs with front and rear window wipers, a robust lighting package with four front and two rear lights, a rear-view camera, ground-level service points, and heavy-duty cylinder and hose guards. DirecTrac telematics come standard. Each dozer is grade control ready and can be fitted with systems from Leica, Trimble or Topcon.
Keestrack displayed its new H4 tracked cone crusher. The light and compact plant features the KT-H4 cone crusher, adapted and supplied by a world-leading cone specialist. The fully automated unit produces up to 250 tph at maximum feed sizes of 7-in. The wide variety of concaves allows a high flexibility in secondary or tertiary production of highly defined end fractions. To optimize production the plant can be optionally equipped with a pre-screen with fines chute and – as a world’s first – with a highly efficient three-deck secondary screen module with recycling conveyor for closed-circuit processing. A big feeder volume, large screening areas and high stockpile capacities allow very productive operations as in-line or stand-alone unit. The H4 features a hybrid diesel-electric drive concept (345 kW Diesel (Tier 4f)/330 kVA Genset/135 kW E-drive for crusher). This guarantees economic fuel consumption and ease of maintenance through the wide use of electric motors on screens and conveyors. The recently introduced full-hybrid version H4e even allows full electric operation through mains or an external genset. An additional electric motor/hydro pump then supplies the hydraulic driven feeder, the secondary screen module, the tracks and all hydraulic cylinders.
Komatsu America Corp. introduced the new PC170LC-11 hydraulic excavator. Featuring a 121-net-hp, EPA Tier 4 Final, SAA4D107E-3 engine, the new PC170LC-11 is a versatile, all-purpose construction machine that offers an enhanced power mode for up to 6 percent more productivity. “Just spend a day with the new PC170LC-11 – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its capability and comfort,” said Andrew Earing, product manager, Komatsu America. “This machine has power beyond its size, yet is light enough to be transported on a 40,000-lb. tag trailer. From digging basement foundations, to larger municipality work, this machine has a wide range of versatility,” Earing said. In addition to the enhanced power mode, the PC170LC-11 excavator features a new viscous fan clutch, which provides up to a 5 percent higher FWHP rating and reduced sound levels; an auto idle and auto idle shutdown system to reduce fuel consumption and provide better management of nonproductive extended idle time; reduced hydraulic pressure loss within the main valve; a platform-mounted DEF tank with sight glass for easy access and filling; six work modes match engine speed and pump flow to various applications; and much more.
Kolberg-Pioneer Inc. (KPI), Johnson Crushers International (JCI) and Astec Mobile Screens showcased their aggregate processing solutions. KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens offer comprehensive crushing, screening, material handling and washing and classifying product lines. Their equipment offers the latest in technology and advanced automation controls for added versatility and enhanced productivity. Built in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, industry experts and engineers provide custom designs, components, installation and support to ensure they are meeting the needs of our end users. “We are extremely excited to offer such innovative and extensive aggregate processing solutions to our dealers and end users,” said Ron Earl, vice president of sales and marketing for KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens. “Our creative and accurate solutions vary from component installation to complete turn-key engineered systems.” The equipment on display at KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens’ booth displayed the wide-range of solutions available to aggregate producers. The company expanded its jaw crusher product line with the new 3365 Pioneer Jaw Crusher. The innovative shaft and bearing assembly increases serviceability and reduces maintenance and rebuild cost, providing a lower total cost of ownership through the lifetime of the machine. The electric motor mount, v-belt drive and guarding are all integrated on the machine, providing an easy-to-install compact package for mobile or stationary applications.
Liebherr presented for the first time in North America the new generation of XPower wheel loaders. Liebherr XPower is an integrated, innovative machine concept that sets new standards in terms of fuel efficiency, performance, robust design and comfort. The new line of XPower wheel loaders has transformed and evolved; from what was one of the best wheel loaders to an even more and improved machine with proprietary power-split Stage-IV/Tier-4f compatible drive train that combines the advantages of a hydrostatic drive and a mechanical drive. The new power-split transmission of the XPower wheel loaders makes it possible to combine the two types of drive. It is variable and continuously adapts the mixing ratio of the two drive paths without noticeable switching and without interrupting traction power. Thanks to the power-split drive, the wheel loaders are optimally powered to ensure maximum productivity, whatever the application. The hydrostatic drive is most efficient for material uptake and traveling over short distances, and the mechanical drive is the more efficient and powerful option for long distances and for driving uphill. This gives the operator the ability to work in a variety of applications from maintaining material stockpiles to hauling and loading crushers and trucks with greater speed and improved fuel efficiency. The combination of these two drive types in a single wheel loader ensures maximum efficiency and outstanding fuel savings in every situation, enabling operators of the Liebherr XPower wheel loader to reduce their fuel consumption by up to 30 percent.
Metso introduced what it called “revolutionary rock crushing technology.” The Metso MX crusher is based on the patented Multi-Action crushing technology, which combines the piston and rotating bowl into a single crusher. The new crusher provides a giant leap in profitability by cutting operational costs 10 percent and enabling 10 percent higher uptime compared to traditional cone crushers, according to the company. “Aggregate producers are facing increasing pressure on efficiency and cost management. In order to meet these demands, we rethought the crushing basics and combined our long experience in different cone crusher technologies with our extensive engineering knowledge. Two individual crushing methods based on the piston and rotating bowl were conjoined, and as a result, we created the MX Cone with Multi-Action technology,” said Jouni Mahonen, vice president, global sales and product support at Metso. Designed for the most demanding rock conditions and with a special focus on automated adjustment features, the Metso MX enables extremely cost-effective and safe operations. It also provides a very high reduction ratio with a premium end-product shape and consistency critical in aggregate applications. Its robust design makes the Metso MX also very suitable for demanding mining applications.
The company displayed more than six of its major products during the show, including the Montabert 501 Next Generation Hydraulic Breaker (501 NG). The all-purpose hydraulic breaker provides operators with superior power-to-weight ratio and can easily demolish oversized boulders and thick concrete, delivering up to 870 blows per minute. It is ideal for use with backhoe loaders and excavators weighing between 17,637 and 39,683 lb., perfect for applications in quarries, road building, demolition and trenching. Its standard features include a blank-fire protection and energy recovery system that recycles energy to increase striking power. An automatic lubrication system and a fully enclosed cradle reduce noise, protect against debris and impact damage, and reduce wear. The 501 NG falls within the 2,000 ft.-lb. impact energy class and requires a hydraulic flow rate between 21 and 37 gal.-per-minute. Montabert offers eight SC-Series hydraulic breaker models designed for use with skid-steer loaders, backhoe loaders and mini-excavators weighing between 2,200 and 30,850 lb. The models on display include the SC 42 and SC 28, designed for lighter demolition applications and featuring fully enclosed, sound-proof cradles to minimize harmful vibrations, limit jobsite noise and protect working parts from dust and debris. These light-range hydraulic breakers have few wear parts and no tie rods for simplified routine maintenance.
Sandvik added a new machine to its scalper range with the introduction of the new Sandvik QE441 Free Flow, a versatile and highly efficient solution for processing difficult-to-screen materials and products with high moisture contents. The QE441 Free Flow provides a versatile and highly efficient mobile solution for handling sticky, moist and wet materials with a high percentage of fines. It is an ideal solution for processing materials such as soils, aggregates, ores, waste, biomass and other waste derived fuels including products with high moisture contents. The unit is designed based on the sturdy crusher-style chassis of the class-leading Sandvik QE441, combined with a highly productive and aggressive double-deck Free Flow screen. The heavy duty scalping screen allows users to process large un-screened material on the rigid scalping top deck, while providing a fine screening solution on the dual motion lower deck.
SSAB displayed its products designed to fight wear and weight in a wide range of applications, including trailer chassis and dump bodies for the trucking industry, as well as applications for aggregates, earth moving, lifting, asphalt and concrete. The new Hardox 500 Tuf delivers an exceptional combination of strength, hardness and toughness. Superior wear and dent resistance gives long service life and the ability to withstand heavy impact. Also on display was the Hardox wear stairs, demonstrating how different Hardox grades deliver increasing wear resistance and service life, while at the same time reducing the weight of parts and products operating in wear-critical environments. “Advancing from traditional steel to Strenx 110 XF performance steel can save weight and increase payload for trailer chassis,” said Gregoire Parenty, EVP SSAB Services. Crane manufacturer Effer demonstrated how Strenx 1100 performance steel makes its Effer 2055 crane lighter and stronger. Duroxite 400, a new extension to the Duroxite range of overlay products, was also introduced.
Stedman Machine Co.
The Stedman Model H-54 multi-cage mill is best at pulverizing, grinding, crushing and mixing abrasive and non-abrasive materials – wet, sticky or dry. The H-Series provides a finer, more uniform grind; can handle up to 240 tph and are reversible for extended wear life. Stedman cage mills are engineered and constructed to operate at or near-peak efficiency longer, providing a greater return on capital investment over their life. Cage mills are capable of producing a variety of product gradations and easily adjusted by changing the mill’s cages, speeds and rotation. The H-Series Cage Mills feature a quick-opening housing for quick inspection and maintenance. It allows for minimum downtime for wear part replacement and inspection. Each H-Series Impact Mill housing can accommodate two-, four- or six-row cage assemblies. This versatility is further enhanced by the capability to vary the number of pins in each row, to vary the rotational speed of each cage in relation to the other(s), and to change the relative direction of rotation of the cages. For wet material applications, air cannons are mounted at the intake and discharge to help prevent buildup of wet material.
Stedman Machine Co., www.stedman-machine.com
Among many products, Superior Industries added another solution for sand production and fines recovery to its growing product portfolio, the Spirit Sand Plant. The unit’s configuration includes a cyclone, dewatering screen, sump tank and slurry pump to classify and produce salable manufactured sand. According to Superior engineers, the incorporated hydrocyclone is designed with longer-lasting materials. For example, 12- and 16-in. models are manufactured with 100-percent cast urethane of 3/8- to 1-in. thickness. The material is lighter and easier to handle than steel in addition to having better wear properties. The 24- and 36-in. models are built with structural steel, but incorporate a poured urethane liner. The Liberty Jaw Crusher functions as a primary crusher, compressing material in stone, concrete, asphalt and ore applications. Superior acquired the original design in their 2015 acquisition of Canadian-based Clemro Western. After collecting customer feedback, Superior engineers redesigned the unit and added a number of new features. The Liberty Jaw Crusher is engineered with an aggressive nip angle that maintains the machine’s ability to consistently grab and process material at a high level of efficiency. In addition, a set of integrated lifting points are designed into the jaw dies for safe replacement or installation. Another unique feature of the crusher includes pitman toe protection. This replaceable component offers an insurance policy if wearing occurs in the pitman fabrication. Furthermore, the unit’s motor is frame-mounted, allowing a smaller footprint and freeing up deck space for maintenance. More maintenance time is also freed with the addition of hydraulic tensioning system and hydraulic wedge adjustment. Superior’s Liberty Jaw Crushers are manufactured in feed openings of 18- x 36-in. to 36- x 48-in.
Superior Industries, www.superior-ind.com
Telsmith showed two brand new solutions, including the latest innovation in T-Series cone crushers. The newest model in the line-up of T-Series crushers that were originally introduced in 2012 is the T500, which is designed to deliver maximum uptime availability while also minimizing maintenance costs. This 500 hp crusher contains a 356 mm (14-in.) maximum feed opening and is capable of processing between 285 and 775 mtph. Features, such as anti-spin and fewer cylinders than competitive crushers provide the reliability that customers depend upon to maximize their processing operations. The company also featured an all-new portable jaw plant, featuring the H3450 Hydra-Jaw crusher. The 863- x 1270-mm opening of the H3450 Hydra-Jaw is capable of processing up to 598 mtph, while the hydraulic toggle reduces maintenance and lowers operating costs with fast, safe hydraulic chamber clearing and tramp iron overload relief with auto resets.
Terex Washing Systems
Terex Washing Systems (TWS) has become an established supplier of advanced wet processing solutions for mineral washing needs in aggregates, recycling, industrial sands and mining. They now have an extensive product portfolio of rinsing, scrubbing and sand production systems available in static, modular and mobile platforms. TWS showcased the Terex FM120-2G Sand Recovery Unit, which is one of TWS’ most popular compact sand plants. The plant has the ability to produce two clean and dewatered sands on a small footprint. The FM120C-2-G consists of an 8-cu.-m sump tank, which receives the two slurries from the rinsing screen (0-2mm and 0-5mm). The sump tank is split and has two Linatex pumps, which pump the slurry to two Hydrocyclones (coarse 500-mm (20-in.) diameter and fine 375-mm (15-in.) diameter). The Cyclones remove the unwanted material below 75 micron (200#) which is fed through the top of the cyclones to the ponds/water treatment. The clean underflow is delivered to the 12- x 5-ft. dewatering screen through a rubber lined underflow box. The high-frequency dewatering screen produces 5 g of energy via two vibrating motors.
Terex Washing Systems, www.terex.com/washing
Van der Graaf
Van der Graaf displayed a see-through version of its drum motor at the show. Engineered for the demands of the aggregate and mining industry, the Van der Graaf drum motor is a one-component conveyor drive, where the motor, gear drive and all moving parts are enclosed inside the drum shell. This sealed design eliminates external components improving safety while reducing maintenance. The drum motor provides a number of features that are not typically found in a conveyor drive system. By eliminating external components, a drum motor reduces the footprint of a conveyor drive, saving space. Attendees discussed with company representatives how the Van der Graaf drum motor saves up to 30 percent on energy consumption.
Van der Graaf, www.vandergraaf.com
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) unveiled the HX2, the latest development in the company’s electric site solution. The prototype autonomous, battery-electric, load carrier is one element of an electric site research project that predicts up to a 95 percent reduction in carbon emissions and up to a 25 percent reduction in total cost of ownership. Volvo CE showcased the first-generation of the prototype HX machine, known as HX1, at the company’s Xploration Forum in September last year. Since then, Volvo CE’s engineers have been developing the machine. And while it may still look similar on the outside, it’s completely different on the inside. “The HX2 is fundamentally different to the HX1,” said Uwe Müller, Volvo CE’s chief project manager for the electric site project. “The HX1 was proof of concept. Once we knew it was feasible we updated the design requirements for the HX2 to incorporate shared technologies and components from the Volvo Group, such as electric motors, batteries and power electronics. Integrating a completely new drivetrain was crucial to take full advantage of the groundbreaking electromobility developments that are happening inside the Volvo Group. Another new feature is the addition of a vision system, which allows the machine to detect humans and obstacles in its vicinity.”
Volvo CE, www.volvoce.com
Weir Minerals exhibited its comminution portfolio, including the launch of its latest solution for sand production and fines recovery, the Ultra Fines Recovery (UFR) plant shown through virtual reality. The virtual reality connection enabled visitors to explore and interact with the plant from the booth. The viewing incorporated the best in equipment technology and engineering excellence from Weir Minerals, including the Trio vibrating screen, Enduron dewatering screens, Warman slurry pump and Cavex hydrocyclone to classify and produce highly saleable manufactured sand. “The Weir Minerals UFR plant is specifically engineered to provide an immediate, positive impact to operations utilizing settling or tailings ponds,” said Kurt O’Bryan, global product manager for crushing and screening at Weir Minerals. “The potential to drastically reduce pond cleaning costs and turn a once-considered waste material into a marketable, profitable product are just a few advantages of the Weir Minerals UFR plant. The product demonstrates engineering expertise and our commitment to maximising customer operations.” In addition to this new product launch, Weir Minerals featured the Trio TP260 cone crusher, part of the Trio TP cone crusher series launched globally last year. These compact, robust crushers are built with advanced cone crusher automation technology to offer continuous high performance and application versatility. All Trio TP cone crushers feature a steep crushing chamber angle, a large crushing stroke and optimum speed to deliver fine product through high inter-particle comminution.
Weir Minerals, www.global.weir/conexpoconagg
Wirtgen America Inc. (Kleemann)
Wirtgen displayed the Kleemann MOBICONE MCO 11i PRO cone crusher with the brand new SPECTIVE control concept, ine of four advanced-design mobile crushing plants shown at the Wirtgen America booth. The MOBICONE MCO 11i PRO mobile cone crusher is designed for tough and demanding quarry applications. This high-performance cone crusher is powered by a diesel-electric drive and achieves an output of up to 518 short tph. The plant can also be equipped with an external power supply for even more efficient operation. As the hydraulics are installed in the lower part of the plant, the MCO 11i PRO has a low center of gravity, and thus more stability, reducing noise and vibrations to a minimum. All plant components can be easily reached from the ground or via spacious work platforms for maintenance work and refueling the plant. With SPECTIVE, Wirtgen presented its new, intuitive control concept for the first time. SPECTIVE is simple to understand and supports the operator in his or her work. The use of clear symbols makes all plant functions recognizable at a glance. Only the information relevant for the machine operation is displayed. Similar in presentation to a smart phone, the operator is guided by the control system, reducing the potential for operating errors. In addition, data relating to the machine operation can be retrieved via the control system, and the levels of diesel and lube oil, for example, can be viewed in the plant cockpit. SPECTIVE is available initially for the MOBICONE MCO 11i PRO and the latest impact crushers in the MOBIREX MR EVO2 series.
Wirtgen America Inc. (Kleemann), www.kleemann.info