Killing several birds with one stone

MOBILE Conveying Services is bringing the world’s largest mobile conveyor to Sydney Showgrounds in September. Able to do the work of multiple smaller machines, it provides cost savings at a critical time for the mining industry – the coal sector included.

Anthony Barich

Australian industrial supplier Mobile Conveying Services is set to make a major splash at this year’s AIMEX conference, as it seeks to push into regional markets which it expects to become a bigger part of the overall business.

Mobile Conveying Services managing director Graeme Cooney said that having the Putzmeister Telebelt TB200 on the stand was a clear sign to both international and local AIMEX visitors that it had a significant conveyor fleet.

“From the start, Mobile Conveying Services has concentrated on providing mobile and portable conveying solutions; whether it be through sale, hire or contract,” Cooney said.

“The focus has been on what works best for the customer.”

Mobile Conveying Services’ TB200 is suited to a range of industrial bulk material applications beyond mining, but for the extraction sector it provides greater production efficiency by eliminating frequent relocation, the need for multiple machines and conveyor loading systems.

It has a 62m placement conveyor and 22m feed conveyor, both of which slew independently, meaning the feed hopper can be placed at the most convenient location for feeding material, independent of the placement location.

With the slew and telescoping of the placement belt, a large area can be covered from a single location, which the company believes is “great for productivity”. It also means that no ground preparation is required between the set-up location and the placement location.

Cooney said that this was of particular advantage where

there was soft or environmentally sensitive ground, or for backfilling a pit. The separation of the feed and placement locations also means that the TB200 can be safely used where the ground is unstable around the placement location.

The throughput of the TB200 is a maximum of 7.65 cubic metres per minute, which makes it a very productive machine indeed.

Cooney said the TB200 that would be on show at AIMEX was the only one in the world available for wet hire and project work. He said it was available for regional work in Australia.

It suits large scale bulk handling work such as backfilling tailings dams, mine reclamation, port development and work on large scale hard stands.

With cost savings an ever-present challenge for mining companies throughout the Asia-Pacific region, particularly with reduced commodity prices and global economic volatility, the TB200 provides significant cost advantages as placement or set-up ground preparation is not required, making it suitable for projects involving sensitive or unstable ground.

“Compared to dump trucks dumping at the face, there is no need to build, maintain and move a haul road,” Cooney said.

“There are no safety and congestion issues with dump trucks backing up to a face on ground that may cause stability issues with the dump body raised.

“On one job, the TB200 backfilled caissons [water-tight retaining structures for foundations] for a port development from land, where the alternative would have been to do this from a barge, at considerably greater expense.”

With the company seeking to expand its business in the Asia Pacific region, Cooney said AIMEX was nationally and internationally important in bringing together the suppliers and users of equipment and services for the mining and resources sector.

“While the physical size of our TB200 will get immediate attention, AIMEX provides us with an opportunity to showcase our products and services in an environment where there is a concentration of key industry people in one location, all looking for something new or different that can assist their operations to better manage current and future challenges and opportunities,” Cooney said.

The company also has drafting and fabrication capabilities, as well as mechanical, electrical and hydraulic service capabilities. It has a large surface preparation facility as well as a paint shop and also does belt supply and fitting.

Its equipment is regularly stripped and rebuilt to ensure that it is in top condition to provide reliable service onsite. MCS has designed and built equipment to complement its off-the-shelf solutions and has supplied complete conveying systems that are a mix of standard and custom items.

“Equipment has been supplied in the Asia Pacific region and [the company] has also done contract ship loading in the region and quoted on a range of jobs in the Asia Pacific region, including a major airport surcharging project,” Cooney said.

“The beauty of conveying equipment is that it is not traditionally tied to a particular industry or application: the specific gravity might change but each job is just another bulk material.”

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