Fraccaroli & Balzan targets large quarries with its new filter press
Fraccaroli & Balzan, which designs, manufactures and installs waste water treatment systems, is showcasing its biggest filter press yet at Bauma 2013.
Previously the Italian firm only made lateral beam-type filter presses, which can only go up to a certain size and capacity. Now Fraccaroli & Balzan has developed high beam filter presses, which can be much larger and designed for quarries that need to process high volumes of material.
“This filter press is for big quarries with big production that prefer to have one large machine rather than two smaller ones,” said Fraccaroli & Balzan’s manager Francesco Zavarise. “Some companies make either high beam or lateral beam filter presses; we have both so that we can supply smaller and bigger customers.”
Fraccaroli & Balzan supplied the first high-beam machine, 18m long with 140 plates each 2m square, to a quarry in Northern Italy. It is currently installing a second one at a site in Estonia and has others on order, said Zavarise.
With 80 employees, Fraccaroli & Balzan offers a turnkey service to its clients in several sectors including quarrying and tunnelling, supplying all the elements of a water treatment plant. Engineers travel from its HQ in Northern Italy to install, commission and test the machines.
Fraccaroli & Balzan is a family firm, which Zavarise said offers benefits to the client. “We are relatively small but we are very flexible,” he said. “We design our machines completely in-house, mechanically and electrically. That means that all the know-how for the filter presses and the clarifiers is in our company.”
The firm exports around the world, with plants in countries including the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, Russia and Mexico.