Mining and Heavy Industries

Side tipper unloader stacks up

The OPS Group is helping Australian bulk handlers get access to Telestack’s range of unloading equipment, reducing cycle times, and improving efficiencies.

The OPS Group is helping Australian bulk handlers get access to Telestack’s range of unloading equipment, reducing cycle times, and improving efficiencies.

Mine, port and quarry operators that use fleets of trucks for material handling are often on the lookout for ways to reduce costs through efficiency improvements. One way to do this is to reduce cycle times during unloading of bulk materials.

The faster a truck can deliver its load and leave, the faster the next delivery in line can be made.

Operators of haul trucks need to reverse into position – directed by a spotter – to tip their load, before then backing out before the next truck can arrive. One solution is to utilise side tipper trucks, but this is often not feasible due to limited feeding options and often expensive civil works.

Ben Suda, chief operating officer at the OPS Group said there is a better way. 

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Telestack, a specialist manufacturer of mobile bulk handling systems, has designed the Titan Side Tipping Truck Unloader modular system to support mine and quarry operators.

Based on a modular plug and play model, the Telestack Titan Truck Unloader enables trucks to “tip and go” based on the holding capacity of the hopper.

“Trucks can line up, unload and keep moving, drastically improving productivity,” he told ABHR.

“Conventional deep pit or underground truck tipping hoppers require expensive civil works to install and cannot be moved or relocated as a plant expands. A surface feeder allows our customers the flexibility of a semi-permanent solution that has the added advantage of being fixed during operation, while also being relocatable later,” he said.

The side tipper trucks unload into a hopper featuring a heavy-duty apron belt feeder and 70° tapers along with wear resistant wear liners to enable a controlled material flow for even the stickiest of materials. 

Surges of material are handled by high torque planetary gearboxes. All units are equipped with variable speed drives to allow the operator to adjust the speed depending on the material characteristics.

Once a regulated feed is discharged from the side tipper, material is transferred at 90° to a radial telescopic stacker, which can be set up to either manually or can automatically stack the material. 

Suda said all equipment is supplied by Telestack have been tried and tested in similar applications all around the world.

“The equipment is standardised and modular and can be used with a variety of materials for common side tipper bulk materials handling applications, like to feed a stacker on quarry or mine site to build up stockpiles, dumping material onto an overland conveyor, loading material at rail depots directly into rail wagons or even to feed conveyor systems into bulk storage sheds to eliminate use of pushing up with loaders,” he said.

“There’s also a massive cost advantage when compared with a customised unit, as you can move, reuse or demobilise and resell the machine if necessary.”

The OPS Group has a long-standing partnership with Telestack. As part of this partnership, The OPS Group supplies Telestack machinery to its customers, along with extensive support, through its OPS and Minerals Processing Solution (MPS) companies throughout Australia and Indonesia.

The company works closely with its clients to ensure they get the right machine for the right task and in many instances can even help reduce the amount of capital expenditure by moving costs to operational expenditures through rental and rent-to-buy arrangements – which can be vital for smaller operators.

Suda said the Telestack Titan Side Tipping Truck Unloaders are manufactured to a European quality in Northern Ireland, where they are fully assembled and tested before being disassembled for easier shipping.

“A lot of thought has gone into modularisation so that the solution is available to sites that might otherwise be difficult to access,” he said. 

“We can package the system into shipping containers, allowing us to transport it easily.”

The OPS Group also offers a full suite of aftermarket support, with fully equipped workshops in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Darwin as well as sales support in Melbourne, Jakarta, and the Hunter Valley. All maintenance team members are factory trained and attend updated training every 12 months for new and upgraded products. 

The company also offers 24/7 technical support and a field service for general maintenance or breakdown situations.

Suda said OPS Group is always looking at different avenues for growth.

“Ports are a major growth area. All around the world there are companies that are looking to improve their ship loading capacity while limiting the need to expand infrastructure,” he said. 

“OPS Group offers a variety of Telestack solutions with a solid global installation base to reference.”

“Another area we’re looking to grow is our environmental business. The market is still in its infancy in Australia, and we are positioning ourselves to grow with the industry with a variety of processing and material handling solutions.” 

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