Equipment & Technology

Telestack incorporates automation into mixing

Telestack’s latest pugmill incorporates automated technology to ensure material mixtures are reliable, accurate and fast.

Telestack’s latest pugmill incorporates automated technology to ensure material mixtures are reliable, accurate and fast.

One of the keys to high-quality, reliable road base is getting the recipe right – which is often easier said than done.

When using a pugmill on site, the mixture of ingredients is often measured by eye.

Not only is this easy to get wrong, but it also means operators are at times required to stand on a platform near heavy machinery to pour in bags of additives, according to OPS Managing Director Shane Czerkasow.

This is why Telestack has designed an automated system for its Tele-Mix P2000T pugmill that manages the blending process through a programmable logic control (PLC).

The Tele-Mix P2000T features a split hopper as standard, allowing for two separate products to be fed into and mixed in the hopper. This lets the operator adjust the percentages of cement and water required in the mix.

Two silos with dust filters and load cells hold the dry materials to ensure the process is as user-friendly as possible.

Czerkasow said the automation and mechanical controls allow operators to mix additives with road base to the exact specification required, an increasingly important factor when working with more ridged customer and Main Roads specifications.

“The Tele-Mix P2000T is the first pugmill from Telestack, which takes our hopper feeder and couples it with Astec’s pugmill to offer the full solution,” he said.

“It is also track-mounted, which allows contractors to more easily move it between and around sites.

“Telestack’s equipment is renowned for operating in some of the most demanding mining applications around the world, and the same robustness has been brought to this unit.”

The pugmill is made from large-gauge steel and follows on from Telestack’s decades of research and development in the industry. The unit is built for Australian conditions, featuring oil coolers as standard, along with optional platforms and guards designed to Australian standards.

Astec purchased Telestack in 2014, where it currently operates as a bulk-handling machinery manufacturer.

OPS Group represents several global brands and manufacturers within its target market and segments. Its customers range from multinational mining companies and contractors, through to owner–operators.

The Australian-owned businesses have been the exclusive distributor for Telestack bulk material-handling equipment in WA, the NT, and SA for several years. In 2021, MPS, one of the company’s subsidiary companies, was chosen to be the exclusive distributor for Eastern Australia.

Czerkasow said OPS and its subsidiaries have facilities in Perth, Darwin, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle able to provide 24–7 technical and spare parts support.

“The OPS business has grown on the core values of delivering world-class products with industry-leading service and support, all of which provides our customers reliability, productivity and efficiency,” he said.

“Our first-class facilities will enable us to stock high level of capital equipment, readily available for sales, hire and demonstration, as well as ensure we stock industry-leading levels of spare parts.

“OPS have always strived to deliver class-leading service and support. These facilities allow us to take this to a whole new level.

“We have tremendous capabilities in large-scale plant refurbishment, fixed-plant services, fabrication and component manufacturing and refurbishment, including screen media and conveyor products.”

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