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Aussie quarry plant design to gain a European edge

Brolton Group, which is headquartered in Sydney, has entered into a joint venture with Whitwick Engineering Coalville (WEC), combining the companies’ strengths in project management and quarry process plant execution.

Brolton indicated that WEC was a good fit for its business given the companies’ joint focus on energy efficiency as well as on minimising operational costs and labour.

“WEC has an unparalleled reputation in the industry and shares many of the philosophies of Brolton Group,” Brolton operations manager Javier Juchnewicz said. “More specifically, we, like WEC, thoroughly believe in maintaining independence from the OEM supplier to ensure we can provide unbiased guidance on plant selection as well as an optimised design using the best choice for the client, allowing a competitive advantage to our clients not guided by commercial relationships.”

Juchnewicz described the partnership as “extremely natural” and said the pairing of WEC’s designs and “industry leading” practices with Brolton Group’s local experience and project delivery reputation would lead Brolton’s brand to become synonymous with quarrying.

It was said that Brolton and WEC’s plant design strategies were also aligned in terms of their aims to reduce maintenance, increase productivity, extend operational life, improve ease of operation, and incorporate high levels of safety and environmental protection.

“WEC is a known leader and innovator in industry,” Juchnewicz stated. “They have provided their clients with superior plants to the conventional, and made a big impact to the competitive advantage of their clients. Our [Brolton’s] clients are set to benefit from years of development with tried and tested methods, good value engineering and the latest in innovative design.”

Departing from convention

Some of the joint venture’s strategies include effective analysis of a conveying path – which could result in reduced conveyor length, with lower power needs and fewer transfer points – as well as innovative combinations of equipment in multi-stage crushing circuits, which could help address customer needs for high production, low running costs and operational flexibility.

Ed Reed, WEC’s managing director, said there was “no such thing as a simple ‘one size fits all’ solution to screening”.

“Every plant has its own specific needs,” he attested. “However, by adhering to concepts that we know will succeed, we are able to deliver plants that provide many benefits to our clients.

“These layouts may, in some cases, differ from conventional thought, but by maintaining our design strategy we can simplify any interconnecting conveyor systems, reducing the quantity used to a minimum and also reducing the numbers of transfer points and blending gates, using accurate load-out equipment for blending, re-crush control and product delivery.”

Juchnewicz emphasised the importance of encouraging continuous improvement within the quarrying industry. “We live in an ever-changing world,” he said. “As industry leaders we need to breed innovation, not complacency. This joint venture is part of that philosophy. We look forward to providing our clients with the tools to keep moving forward.”

In addition to its Sydney headquarters, Brolton has offices in Brisbane and Perth, as well as a fabrication and machinery assembly workshop in Riverstone, New South Wales. The company’s quarrying services encompass plant construction, civil and mechanical works, engineering services, and industrial processing and plant automation.

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