Pilot Crushtec’s large range of modular and mobile crushing and screening equipment has proved to be a big success in coal mining applications.

As South Africa’s leading supplier of crushing, screening and materials handling equipment to the mining, quarrying, and various other industries, the company has had a very productive relationship with Xantium – a contracting company working largely in the mineral processing business.

“We’ve seen Xantium grow aggressively in its market and have consequently been in a position to sell them a large number of crushing and screening machines,” says Pilot Crushtec business development director Frank Scherf.

“This includes a mobile plant consisting of three Terex Finlay J-1175 jaw crushers, two Terex Finlay 883 heavy duty double-deck scalping screens, a Terex Finlay 694 triple deck screen, two Terex Finlay 683 double deck screens, and a Pilot Modular plant consisting of two MJ3042 jaw crushers, four MJ2436 jaw crushers, two IC4034 horizontal impact crushers, two TD7224 triple deck screens, as well as a BR0605 horizontal impact crusher, various modular conveyors and smaller screens.”

Xantium project director Willie Humphreys describes the company as a business that designs, builds and operates coal crushing, screening and washing plants to process coal produced by junior miners operating where reserves are unlikely to last longer than about five to ten years.

“We work particularly closely with the coal mines run by Umcebo Mining, operating at about nine sites,” he says. “We are based in Mpumalanga, in the area from Carolina up to Delmas, although we are busy working on tenders for other mines as far afield as KwaZulu-Natal.”

Humphreys describes the mobile and modular equipment that Xantium has bought from Pilot Crushtec as being ideal for the job in another respect: since the coal reserves at the mines where the company is based are depleted relatively quickly, it is easy to move the machinery to the next mine, as required.

Xantium’s machines all work exceptionally hard, according to Humphreys, and Scherf confirms this: “Their crushers are designed to handle the harshest conditions,” he says, “with some working around 7 000 hours per year.”

Yet Humphreys says there have been surprisingly few breakdowns, and that the running cost of the equipment is remarkably low. “We’ve really been very happy with these machines,” he concludes.