Jan 30, 2020

Crushing project in urban area completed in a demanding schedule

Rarely does a new crushing plant have such a speedy start as E. Hartikainen’s diesel and electric driven Lokotracks did working in the Koirasaari area of Helsinki’s Kruunuvuorenranta district. Blasted rock was turned into a total of 230,000 metric tons of crushed stone of different types in a project with a very demanding schedule: the job had to be completed in just 49 days.

Furthermore, due to the proximity of an urban area, crushing was only allowed for eleven hours per day, from 7 am to 6 pm. To eliminate dust, high pressure water spraying was used in the double-stage plant throughout the project.

Most of the rock (215,000 tons) was crushed for use as compacting material in the construction of the Koirasaari and Stansvik beachfront residential areas. Lokotracks were also used to make 12,500 tons of 100–200 mm marine ballast to support embankments. E. Hartikainen completed the project for Boskalis Terramare.

Approximately 3,500 tons of stone crushed per day

Due to the urgency of the project, E. Hartikainen used two double-stage plants. A little over half of the total volume crushed was processed with a brand new Lokotrack® LT120E™ jaw crusher and a LT330D crushing and screen plant. Around 3,500 tons of stone were crushed each day.

“There is always some running in and fine-tuning involved when using a new machine. All in all, the new Lokotracks have been highly functional. Having a steady feed would surely increase our capacity – in this project, the exceptionally high feed size slowed down the work,” says Vesa Hartikainen, who is E. Hartikainen’s crushing plant site manager.

Some of the feed had to be broken down before feeding it into the LT120E crusher operating with the 120 mm setting. The LT330D’s crusher was set at 80 mm.

“The combination of diesel and electrical power clearly reduces fuel consumption. We were able to achieve a consumption level of some 43 liters for the entire double-stage chain. The older LT300GP, which was used alongside the new machines, consumed more fuel than the new model, even though its output was 20–30% lower,” Vesa Hartikainen continues.

Vesa Hartikainen believes that the new Lokotrack double-stage plant can reach a crushing volume of more than a million metric tons per year.

New polyurethane shields to prevent wear and cut costs

Hartikainen is one of Metso’s first customers to use the polyurethane shields developed by Metso which can prevent wear in a screen’s intermediate rods when the lower screen cloth levels are not used.

We expect to increase our production volume by 10–15% with the new machines.

“From time to time during the project, we only used the top level in the three-deck screen of the Lokotrack LT330D, which subjected the lower intermediate rods to hard and strenuous shocks from falling material. Metso’s new shields worked well and protected the intermediate rods from wear,” Vesa Hartikainen comments. 

“The shields were easy to attach and did not come loose even once, so the attachment method seems functional. By protecting one intermediate rod with two shields installed back to back, we can replace one shield at a time, if necessary, to cut costs.”

E. Hartikainen conducted a successful trial where polyurethane shields developed by Metso were used to protect the lower intermediate rods of the three-deck screen.

Expectations for the new machines to increase production volume by 10-15%

From Helsinki, the double-stage plant was taken on a mine tour, including crushing jobs  in Polvijärvi, Siilinjärvi, and Sotkamo.

“We expect to increase our production volume by 10–15% with the new machines,” Vesa Hartikainen says.

Hartikainen has a close-knit team of crushing experts where two employees handle feeding and conveying during one shift.

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