Locally-designed and manufactured Osborn modular plants are making their mark as far afield as China, where the Johannesburg-based equipment manufacturer has successfully completed the installation of a modular plant to process iron ore for Bayi Steel’s Dunde Plant, located near Ürümqi City in China’s Xinjiang Province.
Osborn marketing director Martin Botha reveals that this was Osborn’s second export order to China, and that it reflects this proudly South African modular plant’s ability to withstand the most testing operating conditions.
“The Dunde iron ore processing plant is situated 3 500m above sea level, and the temperature goes down to -40. It only operates between May and October, due to severe weather conditions. Our machines’ power packs have been installed with heat packs and up rated electric motors to cope in high altitude,” he explains.
The Osborn modular plant – which Botha says has replaced a “locally-made kit” at the Chinese facility – comprises a primary Osborn jaw crusher, secondary cone crusher, screen and tertiary cone crusher. With a capacity of 300 tph, the Osborn plant produces a nominal -12mm product.
Osborn won this R20-million export order to China amid stiff competition from leading global players, he states. The company partnered with a China-based operation that manufactured the plant’s conveyors.
“This was a ground-breaking order. It is an exciting and significant development to see a South African machine shipped to China, and it reflects the exceptional quality of Osborn’s equipment.
“Our modular plants are easy to build and are mounted on skids, so they are easier to set up. They are also easy to transport and re-erect on a new site.
“These plants are designed to fit into containers when they are dismantled, which makes transportation easier and cheaper. There is less civil work required and they can be transported, assembled and dismantled easily and quickly. Customers also recognise that Osborn’s machines are more robust and wear resistant, having dead box areas to improve liner wear and machine wear. It is proving a recipe for success,” Botha concludes.
Three Osborn modular plants are available, in different sizes – the modular jaw crushing plant (sizes 2540, 3042, 3055, 3648 and 4248), modular cone crushing plant (sizes 38, 44, 52, 57) and a modular screening plant (sizes 6’, 7’ and 8’ double and triple decks). With the addition of its KPI-JCI Vertical Shaft and Horizontal Shaft Impactors to the modular set-up, Osborn can also offer a full quarry processing plant.
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