Staying Safe Around Heavy Machinery
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Staying Safe Around Heavy Machinery

When I started working with my Uncle Bob last summer, I assumed that construction would be an easy, fun way to make a few extra bucks. However, I quickly discovered that construction work was serious business, filled with risks, difficulty, and rewards. After almost being creamed by a few backhoe booms, I learned how to stay out of the way. However, staying safe around heavy machinery isn't always easy to do. My blog talks about how to use machinery properly and what you need to do to stay safe so that you can return home to your family each and every day.


Staying Safe Around Heavy Machinery

Optimizing the Function of a Cone Crusher for Mining Applications

Ashley Hayes

A cone crusher is a useful tool to use in a mining operation, but if it is not set up correctly your crusher can jam, wear out prematurely, and fail to operate at its optimum potential. Sometimes even if your crusher is working properly, it will fail to keep up with your production quota. When this is the case, it is necessary to look at what you can do to improve its operation. In order for a crusher to work properly, you need to employ a set of screens and a good hopper. 

The Reason for a Screen

A cone crusher is useful in breaking down ore into smaller pieces, but if you don't screen your ore rocks before they make it to your crusher, large rocks can block the entrance to your crusher and smaller rocks will simply take up space. Thus, you need two sets of screens. One screen should allow any ore rocks that are already at the target size to fall through. The second screen should separate out any rocks that are too large for the crusher by allowing the rocks that are suited for your crusher to fall through. While screening is important, you should also use a hopper to improve the function of your crusher.

The Reason for a Hopper

When you have a conveyor belt carrying ore rocks to your crusher, there will be times when there is too much or too little ore rock on the belt. If too much ore hits your crusher, the surplus will simply fall around the crusher. You then have to scoop up the loose rocks and put them back on the belt. If there is too little ore on the belt, you will fail to reach your quota, and a crusher that is not loaded properly can wear unevenly, which can make your crusher require repairs sooner than it should. A hopper will make the flow of ore from your hopper more steady so that your crusher always receives the ideal amount of ore. 

If you are starting a new mining operation, and you want to make sure that you get the best production, you need to make sure that you have the right equipment on hand. While you might think that only a crusher is essential, you can't very well do without a screen and a hopper. They will ensure that that your crusher doesn't wear out sooner than it should and that you move through your ore quickly. If you need to order screens and a hopper for your mining project, consider contacting Don Leslie Supply, Inc.