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Asphalt Plant
Vulcan Dryers – Setting the
highest standards for a Northern
Ireland Quarry
Following our announcement earlier in the year that Vulcan Burners have extended their product range to include bespoke dryer systems. The decision to develop a range of efficient and reliable dry-ers, again with the emphasis on efficiency and reliability was an oblivious choice that will comple-ment the Vulcan burner range.
In spring 2019 Vulcan Burners successfully installed and commissioned its first bespoke burner and dryer system for MP. Coleman Ltd of Stewartstown Northern Ireland.
MP Coleman is a family run business, who have grown throughout the generations to become a well-established civil engineering and surfacing contractor in Northern Ireland.
MP Coleman also supply a range of materials to customers across Northern Ireland which include Ready-mix concrete and Bitmac/Asphalt Products. MP Coleman also offer a bespoke deferred set product which is distributed throughout the UK and Europe.
To guarantee customer satisfaction MP Coleman ensures that all products are of the highest quality and manufactured efficiently whilst remaining environmentally friendly. In a bid to maintain these high standards MP Coleman Ltd.’s Company Director Martin Coleman wanted to upgrade the Asphalt Production plant with the help of Vulcan Burners.
Martin Coleman took the decision to replace the existing dryer and burner on his Phoenix asphalt plant. His requirements were for increased production capacity, efficiency, and reliability. This was to be achieved while
guaranteeing minimal environmental impact to the site and surrounding area.
Vulcan Burners carried out a comprehensive consultation with the customer and supplied a pro-posal that included a bespoke drying system which included a larger dryer, burner, new feed end box, and burner end box.
The new dryer diameter was increased from the existing 1.8 meters to 2.2 meters whilst utilising the existing chassis. The innovative design of the drum ensures the minimal withdrawal of course dust, whilst the dryer lifter configuration enabled increased capacity for the manufacture of hot roll as- phalt. The efficient lifter design is also tailored to suit the new Vulcan Surface burner which gives an additional 20% more drying space within the drum.
The installation was carried out over one week, to ensure minimal disruption to production. As part of the package full operator corrective training was given ensuring that site personnel have the con-fidence and knowledge to operate their drying system, effectively and to the highest safety standards.
The operating team at MP Coleman has stated that the Vulcan drying system is user-friendly, and the burner design is very easy to maintain, especially with the split, roll-back feature, it makes regular weekly maintenance easy and accessible.
Currently, based on the monitored fuel figures, savings above 15% are achieved on production runs, this corresponds with the extremely low emissions recorded and monitored during production.
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