March 8, 2017
Metso unveiled its new MX4 cone crusher on March 7, 2017, at ConExpo-Con/Agg. The crusher features the patented Multi-Action crushing technology, which allows easy under-load setting adjustment and wear compensation without having to stop the process. The piston and rotating bowl are combined into a single unit that is said to cut operational costs by 10 percent and increase uptime by 10 percent over traditional cone crushers.
“Aggregate producers are facing increasing pressure on efficiency and cost management,” says Jouni Mahonen, VP, Global Sales & Product Support at Metso, in a press release. “In order to meet these demands, we rethought the crushing basics and combined our long experience in different cone crusher technologies with our extensive engineering knowledge. Two individual crushing methods based on the piston and rotating bowl were conjoined, and as a result, we created the MX Cone with Multi-Action technology.”
The crusher is designed for the most demanding rock conditions, enables automated adjustment features, and provides a high reduction ratio. Cavity design, stroke direction, and distributed crushing action are said to lead to the ultimate rock-on-rock crushing motion.
The unit also provides maximized tramp release distance with protection against uncrushable objects and overloading, and can use up to 70 percent of the mass of new wear parts. The quality characteristics of all sized end-product fractions are said to stay consistent throughout the lifetime of the wear parts.
“After 10,000 hours of rigorous testing, we are proud to say the Metso MX meets our targets for increased profitability by allowing 24/7 crushing with minimum downtime,” Mahonen notes.
In addition to the new crusher, Metso says it is investing EUR 1.7 million in three new injection presses that will expand its capacity for manufacturing rubber screen media with the installation of new presses at its facilities in Australia, India, and Sweden by early 2018.
“Uptime and availability mean the world to our customers,” says Claes Larsson, Metso’s Product Manager, Screening Media, in a press release. “A mine can easily consume thousands of screening media modules in a year. During maintenance, the right modules simply have to be at the right place at the right time. With this investment, we can answer our customers’ needs and ensure on-time delivery.”
“We are already the number one service partner for the mining industry,” says Jose E. Perez, Metso’s Senior VP, Crushing and Screening Wears, in a press release. “Complementing our extensive wear parts portfolio with an industry standard such as 1’x1′ screening media is a natural step in strengthening this position. We are the only supplier able to provide everything that a mine needs in a comminution circuit, from spare and wear parts to equipment and service. With this investment, we expand our manufacturing footprint to be better able to serve our customers efficiently, conveniently, with an eye towards shorter lead times and reduced inventory requirements.”
Metso also introduced its Metrics Services, a new digital solution for optimizing mobile crushing and screening equipment operations and maintenance. It is yet another step in the company’s digital development, which leverages the possibilities offered by advanced analytics and cloud-based technologies.