Rubber-ceramic and polyurethane-ceramic plates can serve for up to 5 years. In comparison with steel liners, this works out to be 10-13 times longer. The management team at a Siberian quarry witnessed this first hand. It’s been three years since the enterprise installed Element’s plates on a screen transit hopper. Now, they save $4,000 per year on repair work for just one screen’s transit hopper. Three years ago, in February 2018, Element group supplied a set of liners for a screen hopper to a Siberian quarry in Russia. Previously, the enterprise had lined it with steel plates which were 16 mm thick. When processing albitofir with a volume of 90 tons per hour, the plates only lasted 4 and a half months, before completely wearing out.
At the Far East mine for the extraction of precious metals, Element’s shaft has been operating for over half a year in the in Chinese SAG (semi-autogenous grinding) mill. Its shape, design, and quality don’t differ from that of the OEM-part, but in the case of long-term collaboration with the customer, the price for each shaft will be 15% lower than that of an original part.
Over 2020, Element, a manufacturer of mining equipment, received two times more orders in relation to 2019, and delivered to its customers over 1,600 tons of products. In spite of the quarantine regulations in effect across the world, in 2020, Element exceeded its own goals. The manufacturer extended its trade and partner network in the CIS region, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Starting from 2021, Element, the manufacturer of wear and spare parts for mining equipment, starts its collaboration with a new key dealer in Eurasia — Nordfelt. Throughout 2020, Element has increased its order volume by 2 times, has spanned new markets and has taken hold in Eurasian enterprises. In Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Armenia, the Element brand is represented by the company’s key partner — Sever Minerals. In the CIS region, along with Sever Minerals, Nordfelt has become an official representative of Element.
Element has successfully tested a set of THOR liners for an Uralmash KSD 2200 cone crusher in one of the Siberian mining plants. Their operations have become more cost-effective in relation to some of the cheaper counterparts from local manufacturers. The armour set has served twice longer than the previously used ones. Element counted the economic benefit.
Attitudes and beliefs take decades to form. Try to change the established opinion about how one should do business, or indeed, what solutions one should use for efficient mining. There are a lot of technologies in this industry that are gradually dying out. Nevertheless, companies continue to use them because they are used to them. For several years, Element has been proving to its customers that it’s better to use modern, wear-resistant materials rather than steel to protect machinery and equipment from wear. For this purpose, Element attended the exhibition MiningWorld Russia 2020.
The short service life of wear protection and the frequent emergency stops of equipment are problems familiar to owners of mining equipment. In order to not only increase the operating time of wear-resistant linings but also to reduce maintenance costs, it is important to choose the right lining for the specific operating conditions of the enterprise.
Konepörssi magazine published an article about Element Group and its achievements. The Product Sales Manager at Element talked about the company strengths: "Growth has been achieved thanks to reliability and high quality of products. Another important factor is that the company provides comprehensive services throughout the product life cycle."
This article examines 3D scanning technology and the advantage of reverse engineering in solving the atypical problems of mining and non-metallic enterprises. It also provides cases from the practice of Element, which used 3D scanning technology, and thanks to which, the company's specialists solved a number of atypical client problems.
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