Safety is a massive priority in the quarrying sector, and justifiably so. Ensuring that all on-site workers get home at the end of the day is critical, and there are a variety of safety systems and methods used by sites throughout Australia. Many of the options still rely on person-to-person communication or expensive, complex hardware setups, which can be subject to human error or blow the budget for many quarry businesses.
A key supplier to the extractive industries in the prevention of airborne dust emissions from quarrying processes is undertaking a research project to determine the most effective solution with the least amount of effort for quarry producers.
A new wear resistant compound – LOCTITE PC 7332 – has been developed and launched for high wear areas of processing equipment in power generation, mining, and steel plant applications such as desulfurisation pumps and ducts, slurry pumps and slag granulation pumps to protect against severe wet abrasion.
Position Partners has agreed to distribute the heavy industry’s latest collision avoidance technology from Presien called Blindsight across Australia and New Zealand.
Adjusting tension in a drive belt can be a lot like tuning strings on a guitar. That is given the right tools are at hand to provide correct tension readings on the belt, and accurate calculations to determine the tensioning parameters.
A lack of cabin pressure monitors on a quarry site might have a curious correlation to your operators seeking work elsewhere. These small but vital sensors from REDARC subsidiary Hummingbird Electronics can benefit not only the health of a quarry’s workforce, but the health of its machinery too.
Drill rig chains work in some of the most challenging environments. High loads, abrasive conditions and exposure to dirt and dust mean these chains have a shorter service life than most other roller chains.
As BSC National Product Manager for Power Transmission, Troy Markland, explains, “roller chains are typically designed to work approximately 15,000 hours in general industrial applications when meeting standard duty conditions, horsepower guidelines and general good PM practices.
“But in heavy-duty applications such as in drill rigs, their service life can be much shorter. That said, if you are getting very short life out of your chains or if the chains are elongating after only a few weeks or months, that’s a sign your roller chains are not suitable for the job,” Markland says.
As an external drive professional with nearly 30 years of experience at BSC, Markland’s recommendation for heavy-duty applications such as drill rigs is the Diamond HS series chain.
“The Diamond high strength chains are at the very top end of strength when it comes to roller chains,” Markland says.
“The HS series chains have been made with increased fatigue strength which allows the chains to handle the shock loads. These chains also use solid bushings and rollers that allow for extended wear life.”
In quarrying, the containment and reduction of dust emissions is an ongoing concern and challenge. An Australian business with experience across the extractive industries has devised a dust reduction solution using the best equipment and testing techniques in modern science.
A concrete and quarrying producer has successfully sought the assistance of a consultancy and engineering specialist on a variety of complex consent applications. Read more
Boral has sponsored the RYDA program for a third year, helping to teach more than 40,000 Australian high school students about road safety.