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Telestack equipment has been used across Australia to free up labour and reduce costs by replacing wheel loaders and dump trucks.

Telestack equipment has been used across Australia to free up labour and reduce costs by replacing wheel loaders and dump trucks.

Wheel loaders and dump trucks are typically used to move material from the extraction point to the stockpile.

This method has some downside, including increased labour costs and associated costs for the operation and maintenance of loaders and trucks.

This is why some companies have installed conveyor systems at their sites, feeding the material directly into the crushing and screening circuit. Some of the additional benefits include higher production capacities, greater flexibility of mobile link conveyors and greater fuel efficiency.

In the right circumstances, installing linking conveyors can complement, if not replace, a load and haul fleet, allowing workers to perform other tasks.

The Telestack mobile conveyor products have been used across Australia for this purpose, distributed in its entirety by the OPS Group Australia wide. 

Stockpiling in the Pilbara

OPS recently provided a Telestack TS-842 Radial Telescopic Conveyor as part of a multi-plant operation for a contractor on an FMG Iron Ore site in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Stockpiling -10mm Iron Ore at rates up to 800tph, the TS-842 Radial Telescopic Conveyor runs as part of a multi equipment plant which includes a Terex Finlay J-1480 Jaw Crusher, C-1550S Cone Crusher, 984 Triple Deck Horizontal, 893 Heavy Duty Reclaimer as a closed circuit.

All material from this circuit discharges onto the Telestack into one stockpile from a series of link conveyors.

The TS 842 Radial Telescopic conveyor is a 42m radial conveyor designed to work independently or as part of a multi plant operation. The radial conveyor also aims to reduce segregation, degradation, contamination, and compaction of material.

Telestack TS conveyors can handle ‘in-specification’ material at rates of up to 3000tph, with capacities of up to 200,000 tonnes at 270°. They can also stockpile at an increased rate of 30 per cent when compared with a typical conical stockpile. With lengths available from 25m to 58m, the Telestack TS range can reach stockpile heights of up to 20m.

Shane Czerkasow, OPS Group managing director, said the Telestack TS range can be easily packed into containers for worldwide shipment.

“The range is renowned for its no-nonsense approach and is operational within days of arrival with limited civils required due to their bolt-together design,” he said.

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Fitted with an Allen Bradley Auto PLC stockpiling programme, the operator can use the select stockpiling program to manage stockpile requirements based on the application, site and customer specification. This unit is fully self-powered with a CAT 150kVA genset and is fully mobile with track bogie.

The TS842 was also supplied to AS4324.1 structural standards which are regarded as the most stringent in the world. The unit also complies with AS3000 electrical standards, both of which are required for stackers to operate in the rugged environment of the Western Australian iron ore mining industry.

Telestack have two specialist departments, Telestack Mining and Aggregates and Telestack Ports and Terminals. The Mining and Aggregates business has developed throughout the years working with crushing and screening equipment in the field. 

“The Telestack range is the very best in the industry with many of our engineers coming from the screening and crushing business, so their design reflects a complete understanding of the aggregate business,” Czerkasow said.

“Telestack has always been renowned throughout the aggregates industry for the quality of its machines and the company has UKAS accreditation covering key global standards, ISO

14001 (Environmental Management), OHSAS 18001 (Health & Safety Management) and ISO 9001 (Quality Management).

“They have a global proven record, and their products can handle all free flowing bulk materials including ores, coal, aggregates, fertilizers, grains, woodchips, pellets and many more bulk materials that need moved.”

Telestack specialises in the complete design, manufacture, installation, and commissioning of mobile bulk material handling systems for the aggregates and mining sectors. Its products are used for stockpiling and linking in quarries around the world, handling materials from road base to iron ore.

Czerkasow said these quarries and mines recognise the many benefits of Telestack products, including eliminating the need for front end loaders on the site.

“The double handling of the material is reduced and productivity increased. With Telestack products there is the ability to move and stockpile different grades of material,” he said.”

“Telestack are renowned throughout the globe for their personalised service. The team of engineering and sales specialists work very closely with you throughout each stage of the process from pre-sales and pre-engineering to ensure that the equipment is specific to your project. Our product portfolio is vast as is our application knowledge.” 

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