The ability to timeously monitor wear on chute linings can provide processing plants with substantial savings in terms of operational and maintenance costs as well as reducing unplanned downtime, mineral processing solution provider Multotec notes.
The Multotec Green Dot Tile, which features an integrated wear indicator, was developed specifically to address this pressing need.
Multotec Wear Linings national sales manager Mark Jarrett says Multotec Wear Linings is the only ceramic tile manufacturer in South African to offer this feature, a clear indication of the company’s commitment to providing customers with products that reduce the total cost of ownership by reducing maintenance thereby increasing return on investment.
Jarrett explains that the innovative Green Dot Tile incorporates an integrated wear indicator which facilitates easier visual condition monitoring for customers.
“The Green Dot Tile features a two-tone insert in the centre of the tile and as the tile wears down so does this insert,” says Jarrett.
The green portion of the insert wears down over time to reveal a red layer, which indicates that only 25% of the tile thickness remains and the lining is therefore due for replacement.
Moreover, the system is flexible that the dual colour of the insert can be changed to green and blue in, for example an iron ore application, where red is not sufficiently visible.
A proprietary process is used to form the insert with the combined colours and the fusion within the tile itself to form a cohesive single tile.
This process is key to the success of the wear indicator tile, as it provides the necessary integrity and strength consistency as well as enhanced wear properties for the tile to act effectively.
“When doing an inspection on linings, it is very often not easy to determine to what extent the wear has taken place. This visible wear indicator on the Green Dot Tile makes this very simple and allows optimum preventative maintenance to take place,” Jarrett concludes.