Boost cost-efficiency with multiple processing solutions – all on one wheeled portable chassis.
Superior Industries has long been an innovator in equipment portability, and the U.S.-based company continues its leadership with new custom-configured wheeled portable plant designs that deliver more processing solutions on one chassis, and less in operating costs per tonne.
“Because Superior designs and manufactures its own crushing, screening, and washing components, we’re better able to cost-effectively customize and package portable plants to meet the exact needs and goals of each operation,” says Matthew Voigt, who serves as portable plant product manager for Superior Industries. He stresses that the company doesn’t take a cookie-cutter approach, but rather “offers customization that makes portable plants ideally suited to specification requirements, and allows cost-efficient processing particularly where water availability, and footprints are limited.”
New three-in-one portable sand plant
Previewing one of Superior’s latest wheeled portable innovations, the new Portable Spirit® Sand Plant will be unveiled at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020. Voigt explains that the new plant offers three processing solutions in one single, compact plant. “It sizes and separates washed aggregate products; makes a spec sand product; and recovers the fines – all on one wheeled portable chassis,” he stresses, adding that this significantly reduces footprint requirements. “It’s a cost-efficient, sustainable, environmentally-sound method of processing material near the source aggregate or the project – while eliminating waste and costly material hauling, and preserving valuable water resources,” he says.
Self-contained in one unit, and operated by one-button start and stop controls, the new Portable Spirit Sand Plant, says Voigt, is comprised of a horizontal screen where up to three washed aggregate products are processed; and two sets of cyclone/dewatering screen combinations – one set that makes the specification sand product; and the other recovering fines that would typically go to a pond or clarifying system.
Wheeled portable plants vs. track-mounted
“Superior Industries manufactures a variety of custom-configured, wheeled portable crushing, screening, and washing plants that offer operations considerable cost-per-tonne advantages over the use of track-mounted options,” says Voigt.
While track-mounted plants have gained popularity throughout Europe over past years, Voigt says that today’s emission regulations, and the use of multiple track-mounted plants on one site have made their operation far more costly. He explains that each tracked plant has its own diesel engine to operate, maintain and service – and each tracked plant has an exhaust outlet that requires a permit.
“Alternatively, an operation can bring in one wheeled portable spread with one genset (or the use of online power) and one exhaust outlet to permit,” says Voigt. He adds that wheeled portable plants deliver greater capacities while holding more of their value over time – versus the lower capacities, rapid depreciation and shorter lifespan of tracked equipment.
Importantly, ongoing developments in wheeled portable plant design have resulted in faster setup times and greater ease of maintenance and operation.
“For example, advantages such as Superior’s patent-pending level-assist technology reduces labor force and setup time requirements by automatically leveling the plant once it’s raised to its desired height,” says Voigt.
When compared to tracked equipment, wheeled portable plants offer both a lower cost of ownership and operation – while their streamlined setup, sustainability, and multiple product processing capabilities boost cost-efficiency in a big way.