Productivity has been boosted at Laverton with an upgrade to the C&D plant to allow blending of concrete and rock within the C&D plant instead of the pug mill.
The upgrade set out to significantly increase the one million tonne C&D plant’s recycling capability and enable it to concurrently reprocess dual resource streams.
Many of our customers are midway through major projects and it was important to keep the crushing plant operational during this upgrade to ensure an uninterrupted supply of materials.
Planning for this duplication started in November 2019, with fabrication complete between December and April. Site works commenced in early March with installation. The entire fit-out, including the installation of the new conveyors, magnet, 500 HP cone crusher and the stand was completed in two stages, totalling just four days.
In the first stage, the K400 crusher and support platform was removed and replaced with a K500 cone crusher and a new support platform was installed. The second stage rerouted the Cv5 conveyor from the Kawasaki crusher to the newly relocated K400 cone crusher.
The reconfiguring enabled an increase in throughput by at least 50 per cent and the parallel configuration means scheduling maintenance will be more straightforward.
Laverton Site Manager Simon Hoy said he was impressed by the team’s effort to ‘make it happen’; and particularly the way Project Engineer John Tsougranis managed the upgrade on such a tight timeline.
“John did a fantastic job of managing the project considering the pressure he was under,” he said.
Recycling Production Manager Adam Somerscales said that the new configuration better optimises the capacity of the plant components, increasing throughput substantially.
An additional benefit of the upgrade is the energy saving achieved from the new plant’s design. The new plant is less reliant on use of heavy machinery, like front end loaders, to feed in raw materials, resulting in substantial energy savings and a marked reduction in emissions.
Thanks to the entire Laverton team and the Workshop team who were instrumental to the successful implementation of this upgrade.
Special thanks goes to John Tsougranis, Jarrod Bourke, Mike Bothwell, Garry Baker, Andrew Prestage, Simon Hoy, and Adam Somerscales.
We’re grateful for the support from Hanson’s Ed McGill for the pre work including throughput modelling and design feedback.
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