Following months of research and development, FLSmidth has launched a unique new wire under its Meshcape Screen Media product line, specifically for screening in the quarrying and mining sectors.The new Vibro Optimax wire was developed by FLSmidth in conjunction with Scaw Metals Group, and the latest trials confirm a significant increase in the life of the screens compared with existing and opposition wire screens. With the innovative new wire, it allows for a reduction in wire thickness and an increase in the open area of the screen that, in turn, improvesthe screen’s efficiency while maintaining the original life of the screen. FLSmidth added the Meshcape Screen Media product range to its extensive portfolio when this leading global organisation acquired Ludowici in 2012. Ian Hewat, FLSmidth’s Meshcape Screen Media industrial manager, explains that continuous R&D remains a key focus with this product line. One of the specialities has always been developing customised screen solutions for specific customer applications. “The recent acquisition by FLSmidth means we now have access to the kind of robust backing that underpins our R&D strategy.” Hewat adds that there is a real need to reduce costs in the quarrying sector, and one of the major ways to achieve this is by reducing the production cost, hence reducing the“cost per tonne”. He says this can very often be achieved by a full-scale professional audit of the plant machinery to balance and maximise its performance and identify the best possible screen solution, relative to cost.This kind of audit will,among other things,identify optimal machine settings, such as speed and stroke,to obtain the correct g-force and minimise pegging and blinding.
“There’s also a definite lack of skill when it comes to selecting the most appropriate screen media for quarrying operations, while precise installation of screen media is also very important to mitigate costs,” he continues.“Consequently, our field service team is in such demand that we regularly need to add new members. This team works alongside our customers on-site to reduce costs, resolve issues andincrease operating efficienciesand to support maintenance contracts and offersite-specific solutions. Team members have the unique advantage of being able to draw from the broadest range of screening media in the country from a wide variety of applications.“We call this solution-oriented approach ‘value added selling’— where the added value lies in our extensive technical know-how that ensures the correct screen media are in place, that efficiencies remain high and quarrying personnel receive the necessary training. We have more than 100 years of service in the quarrying and mining sectors and have encountered just about every operational issue possible. FLSmidth also has the in-depth expertise to offer viable screening solutions every time.” With branches in Kimberley, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, as well as sales representation in all other areas throughout South Africa, as well as the rest of Africa, FLSmidth produces its Meshcape Screen Media at its comprehensively equipped ISO certified manufacturing facility in Edenvale. This facility manufactures, distributes and exports, polyurethane screen media, perforated material, wedge wire, woven wire, fine mesh, wear resist products and wire belt products, providing screen media to a broad cross section of other markets, such as food, architectural, petrochemical and heavy engineering.