Crushing is a dangerous business. Every year there are serious accidents on the job site and some are fatal. Nearly all could have been avoided with better safe work practices. Just this past June, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Serious Accident Alert after a worker was trying to unplug a portable crusher. He attempted to turn the crusher rotor using a pry bar and his foot got caught in the moving part.Read More
Having the right crushing and screening equipment to handle your environment, materials, and end products is critical. The wrong equipment will cost you a lot of money and time so understanding the relative advantages and disadvantages of equipment is key to making the best decision for your business.Read More
Moving a portable sand and gravel crushing operation from one location to another as quick, safe and economically as possible has always been one of the biggest challenges faced by producers.Read More
When they first came onto the crushing scene, operator control rooms were focused on three things - operator comfort, operator safety and quicker shutdowns. But as they have become more sophisticated with integration of controls for all aspects of the equipment, modern control towers now significantly increase profitability for a crushing operation in several ways.Read More
The crushing industry has seen some dramatic changes from the early days when a steam engine powered a crusher, to the current days where a single genset and electric motors operate a complete spread.
One of the many changes to equipment used for crushing aggregates is the evolution of the Control Van, an innovation which was pioneered by ELRUS Aggregate Systems of Calgary, AB.Read More
ELRUS Aggregate Systems is pleased to announce the opening of its newest location in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This completes the third stage of the company’s expansion into the Western United States and sets the stage for future expansion into Utah in 2015.
There is an optimum time to change your cone liners. Too soon and you don’t get the value for the cost of the liner, too late and you suffer from significant production losses.
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What is the biggest idea you can apply and see added profits for little to no cost?
The answer is pretty un dramatic... an adequate production record keeping system. That's right; an adequate production record keeping system is the foundation of all your attempts to become more productive and for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, you cannot even know if you are making a difference unless you have accurate records to see if what you are doing is making a difference.
The purchase price of crushing equipment or consumables such as screen media vary at least 50% in terms of purchase price. Scan the market and you will find 300 Horsepower Cone Plants range from $300,000 to $600,000. Screen cloth for a carry deck ranges from $1,000 to $7,000. The list of comparisons goes on and on to every nut, bolt, roller and component of a crushing operation.
If purchase price was the determining factor in profitability, why does a difference in price exist? Wouldn’t the operations that spent the least amount of money on equipment, parts and service own the market? One look around tells you that this isn’t the case. If you dig deeper, it’s the operators who understand the two drivers of crushing profitability that are the most successful. Those drivers are: