Bauxite is a sharp-edged aluminium ore that causes considerable wear to equipment during transportation and loading/unloading. That is why impact baffle plates are used to decelerate the flow of material to the next handover point and thus lessen the abrasive force of the ore. To make sure these last as long as possible, we fitted the steel components with additional lining consisting of oxide ceramic KALOCER moulded sections.
The project was implemented in cooperation with a leading supplier of equipment and components to the bulk goods industry. Among these are ship loading and unloading systems, crushers, screening systems, filter systems and entire cement production plants.
The company commissioned Kalenborn to manufacture steel baffle plates with special wear protection for use with a ship loading systemfor bauxite in Guinea/West Africa. We manufactured the 3 tonne steel structure at our Delma plant in Poland; the highly effective wear protection elements were fitted by hand at the plant in Vettelschoss. The KALOCER moulded parts with thicknesses of 25 -50 mm now ensure that the baffle plates that were formerly made of steel alone last much longer. The oxide ceramic material KALOCER is capable of withstanding extreme abrasion and high temperatures (up to 1000°C). Lining with KALOCER not only reduces the previously high cost associated with the frequent replacement of these components but also ensures long-lasting and trouble-free plant operation.
Also supplied is a repair kit that can be used to rectify any minor damage to the lining components directly on site. Kalenborn has thus managed to provide a sustainable and cost-effective solution for loading and unloading bauxite.
Photo: The 3 tonne system component at the Kalenborn plant