Mining operations are impacted by declining head grades. More material needs to be moved from greater depths to maintain production levels. This affects productivity and energy consumption, which directly correlates to the mine’s profitability and sustainability.
To better meet these challenges, Metso Outotec is launching in-pit crush and convey (IPCC) solutions. The integrated solutions consist of crushing, conveying, and stacking equipment combined with IPCC planning and life cycle services. The offering has been designed to ensure the highest productivity, energy efficiency, and maintainability.
Metso Outotec’s IPCC technology portfolio includes crushing, conveying and stacking equipment, with its IPCC solutions being modular. When working with its team they develop an optimal solution based on your operational goals while using proven technology.
- Crushing: Foresight semi-mobile primary gyratory (SMPG), Lokotrack mobile solutions.
- Conveying: Overland, mobile, relocatable, shiftable.
- Stacking: Fixed and rail mounted stackers (Spreaders and mobile stacking bridges also available.
The experience-driven IPCC planning services allow Metso Outotec to support customers with pre-defined study work packages that are in line with common study phases used throughout the industry. The team uses an integrated methodology to determine the optimal pit shape and mine schedule in alignment with system configurations, that utilize advanced engineering tools to increase the speed of project definition and certainty of outcome.
The key technology highlight of the IPCC solution is the Foresight semi-mobile primary gyratory (SMPG) station, which features the Superior MKIII crusher and patented SmartStation for optimal processing, allowing material size control and reduced wear, downtime and plant height. The IPCC solutions are part of the company’s Planet Positive portfolio with their improved energy efficiency.
Services are a key part and a proven piece of the Metso Outotec IPCC solutions. Life Cycle Services (LCS) for operational support are available. Connected analytics allows equipment to be better managed by staying connected at all times and by reducing unplanned downtime. The IPCC offering also includes off-site and on-site assembly options.
Key benefits of Metso Outotec in-pit crushing and conveying technology:
- Optimal processing with patented SmartStation.
- Up to 30% higher capacity on the same crusher size and 70% reduced downtime with Superior MKIII Primary Gyratory technology.
- Up to 30% power savings with patented Energy Savings Idlers (ESI).
- Better maintainability through improved crusher access and plant area isolation.
To serve customers’ sustainability needs and to increase the size of its ecological handprint, Metso Outotec is focusing on further growing its sustainable offerings. The company’s Planet Positive portfolio focuses on the most environmentally efficient technologies (>100) in Metso Outotec’s current portfolio, responding to the sustainability requirements of its customers in the aggregates, mining and metals refining industries. The customer requirements relate to energy or water efficiency, reduction of emissions, circularity and safety.
Correspondingly, Metso Outotec focuses on minimizing the environmental impact of its own operations and supply chain to diminish its ecological footprint. To date, Metso Outotec’s handprint is significantly bigger than its footprint, the company said.
“We have a wide Planet Positive offering available for our customers, and with strong R&D focus we continue to strengthen our sustainable offering for Aggregates, Mining and Metals refining industries. We also have high targets for sustainability in our own operations and supply chain. There is a growing demand in our industry for environmentally efficient solutions,” said Piia Karhu, senior vice president, business development at Metso Outotec.
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