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Crushing operation acquires mobile combo

 

Cooper Civil & Crushing is taking advantage of industry growth following the Australian Government’s large infrastructure investment post-COVID-19.

Cooper Civil & Crushing’s operations are based out of company headquarters in Grenfell, Central New South Wales. Having founded the company in 2017, Daniel Cooper serves clients in both the private and public sectors. Cooper Civil & Crushing has completed several projects, including subdivisions, treatment pond construction, grain bunker storages, supplying road base from its quarries to local Government, and campaign crushing for local Government authorities. Cooper did his industry-based training with Mitton Bros Earthmoving in Grenfell and has been in the agribusiness/farming sector for more than 20 years. 

Celebrating the achievements of the company and its stakeholders, Cooper and his team are proud of everything they’ve achieved. Since the company started almost five years ago, Cooper has identified several opportunities for solid and proactive earthworks solutions. The company’s core values include operational safety, transparency, integrity, accountability, fairness, respect, quality of artistry, and relationships. In this industry, operators like Cooper and his team constantly face tough delivery challenges that can only be met through a commitment to problem-solving combined with reliable plant and equipment at its core.

After the Australian Government’s significant COVID-19 infrastructure investment lead to unprecedented industry growth, Cooper needed to add another mobile crushing train to the company’s fleet. In the past four years Cooper Civil & Crushing occasionally tapped into Tutt Bryant Equipment (TBE) resources but has recently sought more of a partnership and relationship that falls in line with its core company values. In Cooper’s own words, “TBE offers a great range of equipment and reliable back-up and spare parts range which is critical for our operation to be successful”.  

The Lokotrack LT220D in operation on a Cooper Civil & Crushing job.

Cooper’s objective is to provide the Civil Earthworks side of his business with quality aggregate products that meet specifications, produced consistently with reliable Metso Outotec Lokotrack crushing and screening equipment backed up by TBE’s after-sales service and support. A requirement for this additional mobile crushing train was for the primary and secondary units to be linked via supplied and standard Metso Outotec hardware. This linked/automated set-up increases plant efficiency by constantly measuring and adjusting various parameters communicated autonomously across connected crushing and screening units, ultimately and consistently achieving the desired final product quality. 

In this specific application, a 600mm medium granite had to be crushed/processed down to a 20mm minus Densely Graded Base (DGB) compliant with NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) specification 3051, suitable for use as road base material under bitumen in developments, sub-divisions and council roadways. The solution included Metso Outotec’s LT220D Lokotrack cone crusher and screen combination to align with the Metso Outotec LT106 Lokotrack primary jaw crusher. The achieved results include an optimised and automated mobile crushing and screening plant set-up/arrangement supplying a quality product within specification.

Standard practice for TBE is to have all customer-ordered units go through a pre-delivery inspection (PDI) at all of its nationwide facilities. These units are prepared for “mission readiness”, conforming to the highest standards and specifications before delivery to a customer’s site is scheduled. After the arrival of the Metso Outotec LT220D Lokotrack cone crusher and screen combination on location, commissioning/handover training begins and is precisely executed by TBE’s Sydney-based service support team. 

A major part of the delivery to Cooper Crushing & Civil was the commissioning/handover training. It included linking the Metso Outotec LT106 Lokotrack primary jaw with the LT220D Lokotrack and running these units in process with rock feeding through this plant. During the initial consultation process with Cooper, this plant set-up was proposed and simulated using Metso Outotec’s advanced Bruno Simulation Software. When using this software, TBE’s service support team uses conservative yet realistic values in all the calculations. Bruno calculations estimated average production figures equating to about 200 tonnes per hour (tph). The calculations were then confirmed in the commissioning/handover training, with the actual figures reaching precisely that. 

The mission objective was achieved, and in Cooper’s own words, “Cooper Civil & Crushing would recommend TBE to other companies looking at buying crushing and screening equipment”. 

He added, “So far, it has been a very successful relationship because of the product support, reliable spare parts, range and quality of Metso Outotec’s Lokotrack crushing and screening equipment on offer.”

Tutt Bryant Equipment continues to provide technical support to Cooper Civil & Crushing with its ongoing equipment, parts and service needs. For more information on Cooper Civil & Crushing, its experience with Metso Outotec’s Lokotracks, or to discuss Cooper’s range of services,  visit coopercc.com.au •

For more about Metso Outotec equipment, visit tuttbryant.com.au/metso

This article appears in the October issue of Quarry.

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