Construction equipment provider Sandvik Construction has launched a Web portal called Crushology to help quarry owners and operators get more from their equipment, thereby improving operational productivity and economy.
The Crushology Web portal, launched in March, features a collection of practical tips, tricks, downloadable guides, articles and films, among others. It contains various pieces of helpful information on many aspects of quarry management, particularly crushing and screening.
Sandvik explains that the Web portal removes uncertainty from process planning, replacing trial and error in quarry operations with a scientific approach. Through technology, experience and insight into the entire process, Sandvik aims to help implement predictable, measurable improvements, such as more truckloads of valuable fractions and fewer piles of waste.
Crushology shares the benefits of Sandvik’s many years of experience gained at quarries around the world. It contains articles on subjects, such as getting the right cascading style sheets and feed into your crusher. Helpful downloadable guides covering such subjects as waste reduction and increasing value are also included.
“The Crushology Web portal is a way for us to share valuable knowledge and insights with our customers. We want to help make their daily work easier and give them measurable improvements. We will update the portal regularly, adding new content on a continuous basis to create a leading knowledge hub for the industry,” says Sandvik Construction Stationary Crushers and Screens marketing manager Magnus Holst.
The company believes that knowledge is the fundamental basis for the development of new techniques and technologies involved in quarrying and has, therefore, invested in the sharing of this knowledge.
The Web portal is not the only way the company aims to help quarrying companies
improve their knowledge base and the processes they use to get the most from their equipment and operations. On November 18 and 19, 2015, a quarrying seminar was organised by Sandvik Construction in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was designed to help quarrying companies improve productivity, efficiency and safety by sharing its expertise and experiences.
The topics covered during the seminar included various quarrying management and process subjects, with a specific focus on drill and blast management. They specifically consisted of quarry management; quarry processes, including drill and blast; load, haul and dump; and crushing and screening.
Sandvik Construction notes that the quarry seminar held in November is one of its latest customer-focused solutions that it has developed to help customers. The company indicates that, by providing expert advice, it is able to show the industry how Sandvik Construction goes that little bit further in supplying equipment and services that customers need and truly benefit from.
One such piece of equipment developed by Sandvik is its remote screen, launched in 2014, which is a wireless screen solution for radio remote-controlled drill rigs. Traditionally, drill rig operator screens have been attached to the drill rig, but this solution enables the attachment of the screen to the radio remote controller as an alternative.
The remote screen is based on a common mobile device hardware platform with an Android operating system. Practically, this means that any mobile device can be chosen, such as a 7" tablet, portable computer or a mobile phone to act as the screen. Communication between the drill rig and the remote screen is facilitated by a wireless local area network modem that is installed on the drill rig.
The remote screen provides the operator with three different views: an alignment view for aiming the feed, a drilling view for seeing the drilling parameters and progress of the hole, and a tramming view.
The remote screen option is available as an optional extra for the Sandvik Dino DC400Ri.