Adaptability is the watchword for FLSmidth’s Buffalo range of low-capacity modular reclaim feeders, making it a versatile offering for anything from run-of-mine applications by medium-tier miners to flexible stand-in units for larger operations when stacker-reclaimers require maintenance downtime.
According to PC Kruger, FLSmidth’s account manager for coal in sub-Saharan Africa, the modular format allows different discharge heights and loading decks of various lengths to suit the required application. It also facilitates transportation of these units in standardised containers to remote locations, after being manufactured in a dedicated FLSmidth workshop.
“Our current designs are optimal for soft, non-abrasive material such as coal and salt, as well as potash and gypsum,” says Kruger. “The modularity allows us to tailor the final product to meet customers’ specific requirement and ensure optimal productivity, with easy reclaiming using dozers or front-end loaders.”
Depending on the application and the level of mobility required, the units can be mounted on skids or even wheels to be relocated from one position on site to another. This further enhances their versatility. The motor control centre (MCC) is located onboard the reclaim feeder and only the power supply needs to be isolated before relocating the unit.
“Our reclaim feeders and feeder breakers can be installed as a freestanding unit – with or without civil works – or as a multi-unit construction with hoppers or sizers,” Kruger concludes.
“This presents an ideal backup system for stacker and reclaimer systems, and they can be implemented for side-tipping or back-tipping applications to reduce double handling of material.”