Separating unwanted materials like clay, silt, and slime from valuable sand, gravel, and crushed aggregate has been a tricky problem in processing operations since time immemorial. Wash equipment has been designed and perfected to solve this issue while also assuring that construction aggregates and sand can meet ever more stringent specifications and be saleable. But … Continue reading Understanding Dewatering: What it is and Why it’s important
In the quarrying and mineral processing industries, it’s true that we are often working with mined “virgin” materials extracted straight from the earth. But if you’ve been involved with many projects over the years, you know that every mine has its expiration date (expressed as LOM, or expected life of the mine), and even the … Continue reading A Closer Look at Recycled Asphalt: What It Is and Why It Matters
We’ve had a busy fall season here at Kemper Equipment! Our usual work of designing, manufacturing, and supplying the best material handling equipment and solutions is more than enough to keep our team working hard every day, of course. But did you know that we are also dedicated to promoting our industry with knowledge sharing … Continue reading Enhancing Our Industry By Sharing What We Know
Conveyors are essential to quarrying, mining, and mineral processing operations, but we sometimes take them for granted. Did you know that it was not so long ago in human history that these hardworking machines didn’t exist? Imagine your surface or open pit mining operation without any conveyors – things would not be moving very quickly … Continue reading Everything You Wanted to Know About the History of Conveyors
It’s no secret that the intensely hardworking crushing, conveying, and screening equipment in your material processing operation requires regular maintenance to remain reliable and optimally productive. But what are those maintenance “must dos” that maximize uptime and ultimately lead to longer service life expectancies? And how often should you be inspecting and changing wear parts … Continue reading Maintenance of Crushing, Conveying, and Screening Equipment
The question of whether conveyors are better than “truck and shovel” systems in surface and open pit mining operations has long been debated in the industry. Conveyor systems can have a high upfront cost compared to trucks, which makes them less attractive to some businesses just getting started. Trucks are common and readily available and … Continue reading Conveyors vs. Trucks: What’s the best way to transport your materials?
If you’re actively shopping for rock crushers, you probably already have your particular operation’s exact requirements in mind, or at least have a good idea about your crushing needs. As you know, the sizes, varieties, and hardness of the rock you need to crush, as well as the necessary output from the crusher are key … Continue reading 4 Questions to Ask When Buying Crushers for Rock, Sand, Gravel, and Mineral Processing
Cleanliness is sometimes an overlooked part of the material handling industry. The truth is, a lot of aggregate producers only settle for satisfactory when it comes to cleaning their aggregate; and while “satisfactory” works, the most common hydraulic methods used for washing are hardly perfect. Despite potentially sub-par methods of washing, there is generally an … Continue reading The Basics of Washing Equipment
A successful operation, whether it be crushing, screening, recycling, or a mixture of the three, doesn’t necessarily require a large and expensive processing plant. In fact, many successful companies that work in the aforementioned areas often find that mobility is key to their success, rather than a stationary plant.
“Time is money,” or so the adage goes; but how easy is that to quantify? Well, for many businesses, this is a simple equation to work out. Whether you go by operational and repair costs, salaries, or products, knowing how much you spend to stay productive can help you understand how much money you’re losing … Continue reading How Much Downtime Can Cost Your Business