As crushing and screening solutions providers enter the second consecutive year with demand continuing to remain subdued, predominantly owing to sustained slowdown from mineral processing sector, chiefl y iron ore, manufacturers are exploring diverse facets for existing business retention while also continuing to expand footprint. Present business dampener for solutions providers are on numerous fronts. First, the sustained slowdown in mining sector continues to take its toll. The impact from bearish demand of crushed stone aggregates is much pronounced, as a consequence of tardy implementation of road projects. Stone aggregates business have earlier buffered solution providers both tracked and static, from retrograded demand to the mining sector.
The current depressed demand is of holistic character which makes the task critically challenging to explore newer business avenues. While certain recent developments like big ticket expansion by Steel Authority of India limited to expand its existing production capacity (the PSU behemoth has recently commissioned its new blast furnace in its Eastern India facility, thereby requiring fresh demand of iron ore) and newer expansion from recently allocated Chiria mines in Central India, newer road projects in North Eastern part of the country, required to be built through blastingdrilling and crushing, spot processing of growing volumes of imported coal or major recent proposed expansion by Coal India of Raigad mine holding colossal reserves, holds promise for manufacturers. However, they are not too sure what will be the actual demand created from the newer developments. Demand balancing is expected to take some time as the market will be serviced with existing plants, large in numbers.
NBM&CW enquiries to primary and secondary steel producers on whether there will be maintenance and operation contract renewal to run their existing plants with present crushing and screening solutions providers or new solution providers will be brought in evoked highly mixed response, same as with road and hydro power project developers on requirement of newer plants for aggregates. Response from certain bulk ports sourcing imported coal was transparent and positive. Major eastern India port of Paradip on account of growing imported coal traffi c in recent years has been deploying larger number for tracked units with conveying solutions for processing imported coal.
Building roads means building Nation and to build roads in difficult and remote areas of north eastern states of the country, is quite diffi cult wherein Powerscreen equipments play a vital role. "Powerscreen machines are completely mobile units and require negligible time for erection & commissioning, thereby helping users to quickly go to production. Sites in the North East areas are not easily accessible, but our team is able to reach out and provides support in these diffi cult locations. The Powerscreen team provides product support to these diffi cult sites; hence our customers place their confi dence in us. Our extensive reach and support enable us to improve products uptime and accelerates the project execution speed," says Mr. Jayanto Das, General Manager and Branch Head, Progressive Motors, dealer of Powerscreen tracked plants in North East India.
Powerscreen crushing & screening plants XA400S, 1000Maxtrak & CH1700 are being used to provide materials for the construction of the Shillong bypass project. G.R. Infra, the project contractors continue to enjoy a higher uptime on the Powerscreen crushers and screens. This project has reduced traffic congestion at Shillong city & helped in connecting other states from Guwahati faster.
Another important project in the North East is the 1090 km of NH 229, Trans-Arunachal highway project, from Tawang passing through Bomdila, Nechipu, Seppa, Sagalee, Ziro, Daporijo, Aalong and terminating at Pasighat. This will connect the west and east district headquarters through Itanagar. Contractor Sushee Infra, SRK Infra, JKM Infra working for these projects trusted the Powerscreen products range.
"The stretch of the road project is on a difficult hilly terrain frequented by incessant rains and landslides that often contribute towards cutting the road link. Getting skilled personnel is an issue at the site. Since the site is far from Guwahati, timely availability of parts and technical support at site is very difficult. However, despite the challenges, we have posted site engineers for the plants supplemented with back up support of adequate spares to take care of emergencies," says Mr. Jayanto Das adding, "Our network and support has allowed us to book orders for two new 1000 SR tracked plants."
With an aim to strengthen market presence, Sandvik Construction in India has recently launched its 24X7 services programme. "In order to improve upon existing aftermarket services a 24x7 programme was launched recently. This programme includes customized service offering for customers. We consider this to be the first of its kind in the industry, representing a truly revolutionary development in providing the aftermarket care customers really need," says, Mr. Ashoktaru Chattopadhyay, VP – Crushing and Screening, Sandvik Construction, India.
In order to minimize negative environmental impact, and to produce safer working conditions, Sandvik crushers are built using energy efficiency classification, resulting in less power consumption, as well as savings on operating power, thereby reducing total power consumption during the crushers operational lifetime.
Mr. Raju informs, "The products manufactured under the joint venture tie-up will be re-engineered for the Indian subcontinent markets while the others manufactured for export will be according to McLanahan's standard international specification."
The JV Company has already received an impressive number of enquiries and with McLanahan in the picture major coal, cement & power sector tenders are being pursued.
The southern based company has taken up product customisation to hedge volatility in demand. "There is a change in requirement the market is demanding. Interestingly for us, we have made these changes over three years ago when we first saw the impact of global recession impacting the Indian and other developing markets," says Mr.Pai. The company claims to have carried out advancements in its static and wheeled plants by making them more energy efficient and costeffective supported by automation options to run the plants with lesser manpower. It has entered the track market with a hybrid diesel electric range.
Mr. Pai mentions, "Our tracked plant business has yielded positive results and our first export was done early this year. We have received a good number of fresh export orders. Production has been ramped in accordance with market requirements We will shortly introduce a new range of tracked products in the Indian market."
Puzzolana's other advancements includes, development of newer machines like the 'SANDER'. Mr. Pai says, "The machine is aimed at creating an alternate to river mined sand through this ultra fine crusher custom developed based on Indian rock characteristics."
Puzzolana proposes to expand and retain its market share through existing and new dealers. "Bulk of the new dealers introduced are in the developing countries across the world. Our target for 2014 would be to have at least 10 dealers and 20 agents outside of India. In India, we have a very sound dealer network and working on some new dealerships in the north east markets," informs Mr. Pai.
The company will be looking to encash on its 1800 installations by providing products support to the equipment, backed by 150 service engineers. Contract crushing is also being taken by up Puzzolana for retention of customers.
Developments being initiated by the crushing and screening manufacturing fraternity to remain in business well indicate the sound potential of the market that has gone on a temporary lull phase but awaiting revival. To make the developments initiative complete, creating demand of the new products and services will call for actuating the stalled projects by project developers, taking due cognizance of project and environmental sustainability.
Propel Industries benefits from an integrated infrastructure facility that compares to world standards. The shop floor is spread over two lakh square feet and comprises independent manufacturing, machining and finishing units. The plant is built in line with ISO-9001- 2008 standards. Casting requirements are met by the group foundry. Propel also have strategic alliances with leading equipment manufacturers throught out the world. These partnerships have helped the company to setup new benchmarks in its production processes regularly.
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Propel Comprehensive Range, Complete Solutions
Mining and construction are two industries that put the pressure on rugged design and relentless performance. Propel has dedicated resources to cater to large scale infrastructure projects. Propel products comprises a comprehensive range of Jaw Crushers, Cone Crushers, Vertical Shaft Impactors, Sand Washers, Feeders, and Vibrating Screens etc.
Grizzly Feeder Features:
- Cost-effective Low profile manganese steel Replaceable Grizzly Bars
- Cartridge type scalp screen for effective scalp and bypass material to relieve the crusher
- Exposed area is covered with high wear resistant replaceable wear liners
- Compact and low height construction
- Stroke length can be adjusted by counter weights
- Optional speed adjustment by VFD
- Well designed feeder body, welded construction to withstand maximum impact loading.
Jaw Crusher Features:
- Fully Welded Construction gives equal strength in all directions
- Finite Element Analyzed frame structure
- Single piece casted pitman and rear end frame
- Grease lubricated large spherical roller bearings
- Forged alloy steel eccentric shaft
- Cartridge type frame bearing housing
- Massive flywheels with taper bore seating for easy assembly and dismantling
- interchangeable and reversible Jaw plates
- Optimized Nip angle for effective feed opening
Cone Crusher Features:
- Dual counter balance arrangement minimizes the dynamic forces transmitted to supporting structure.
- High leaded tin bronze for bottom shell frame bush bearing and eccentric bush are larger in size to take care of the high shock load in the dusty crushing environment.
- All internal components are accessible from the top of the crusher to save time for replacement.
- Backlash of the gear drive can be easily adjusted by slightly rotating the counter shaft housing assembly cartridge on either direction.
- Lubricant oil pressure in the bottom shell bush and eccentric bush area are same. Bushes are located in the upline of the oil direction.
- An imported spider spherical plain bearing houses the top end of the main shaft and act as a fulcrum for eccentric throw movement.
Vertical Shaft Impactor Features:
- Specially built steel structure for smooth operation
- Low operating cost
- Low power consumption per ton of output
- High production and crushing ratio
- Hydraulic feed control
- High quality of product with excellent cubical form as per MORTH standards
- Automated Lubricated System (optional)
- The influence of material moisture content can reach up to 8%
- The fine particles are controlled by varying with Rotor Speed
Vibrating Screen Features:
- Screen Frame Manufactured out of ASTM Standards special alloy steel
- Huck Bolt Design
- Unique shaft Design
- Stroke adjustment through counter weight arrangements
- Larger Production
- Low operating cost
Sand Washer With De-watering
- Sturdy construction made of steel conforming to ASTM standards
- Maximum Productivity
- Low operating Cost Less power Consumption
- Water Saving
- Easy Access for Maintenance