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Quarrying, Extraction and Materials Production

19 April 2013



Weir Minerals sets out its stall with new R&D commitment

First publishedbauma
Daily News
Weir Minerals has launched a new strategic R&D initiative called ‘Material Matters’, which aims to address one of the biggest challenges facing mine and quarry operators – raising output while reducing operating costs.

The company said its innovative campaign sets out its commitment to constantly improving efficiency by listening to operators, bringing advanced engineering and site expertise together and developing products and materials that deliver optimum performance.

Weir Minerals also introduced a host of “cutting-edge pumps” and process equipment, including the latest development in the Warman slurry pump range, the Warman WGR pump.

The state-of-the-art pump features a series of innovations that are said to make maintenance quick and easy to perform.

Also unveiled was the Warman WBH pump, a new generation heavy-duty slurry pump building on the success of the Warman AH slurry pump. It is said to add a dozen separate enhancements to the design to help optimise performance, power usage, wear life and ease of maintenance.

On show with a clear cover, attendees at Bauma could see the innovative impeller design in-situ.

The company’s latest development in drive-belt tensioning technology, a newly-launched integrated system incorporating a Gemex belt tensioner and a Warman AH slurry pump into a single package, was also unveiled.

Tony Locke, managing director of Weir Minerals Europe, said: “A combination of budget constraints across the supply chain and increasing environmental regulations is putting ever-increasing pressure on the bottom lines of mines and quarries around the world.

“As a result, many operators are looking at the equipment they are using and focusing strongly on ensuring it is as efficient as possible in order to increase production and cut energy consumption.

“As one of the biggest suppliers of process equipment to the mining and quarrying industries, we take our role in this process extremely seriously, and it is this commitment that underpins the Material Matters campaign.”

Stand: B2.206