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Sandvik gives Argentine advantage to Canteras Amadeo

First publishedin World Highways
January February 2014
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 Sandvik SC2473 screen
The Sandvik SC2473 screen purchased by Canteras Amadeo
Cutting-edge Sandvik Construction equipment is said to be giving ambitious Argentinian quarry firm Canteras Amadeo a commercial advantage  

Starting life as a one-quarry ENTERPRISE in Córdoba, Argentina, in 1999, Canteras Amadeo is a flourishing business with additional operations in Cordoba and Santiago del Estero. Key to its success is said to be its owners’ embrace of technological improvement, and their choice of Sandvik equipment to improve their processes.

As the business is smaller when compared to some of the competitors, Canteras Amadeo (CA) owners José Luis Strasorier and Roberto Vettorazzi seek out competitive advantage through increased production efficiency. This strategy’s importance is heightened as Amadeo and Strasorier feel that CA’s quarrying operations around Córdoba city are limited by insufficient infrastructure to support any increase in haulage traffic if the firm were to increase their production. The company is also aware that any further traffic on the limited road network around Córdoba due to greater production at one or more of its quarries, will also affect the environment, and possibly lead to deterioration in relationships with the community.

Strasorier and Vettorazzi say that among the reasons they choose Sandvik equipment for CA quarries are the Swedish firm’s focus on environmental issues, commitment to health and safety, and reputation for customer service and aftermarket excellence.

After extensive market research, CA first purchased Sandvik equipment five years ago. Initially this comprised of a DX680 drilling rig, which was followed by a CH440 cone crusher, and subsequently, a SC2473 screen, BR2266 breaker, CS440 cone crusher and finally, a CJ612 jaw crusher. The latter was said to be bought in order to reduce the bottleneck in production caused by their previous primary crusher being unable to match the production of the Sandvik machinery.

In the near future the company is looking at the possibility of buying another cone crusher with a basic configuration, in order to minimise the loss of efficiency in the change of mantles. “We are constantly searching for state-of-the-art technology. We believe in having major changes. Through these improvements, we will get lower fuel consumption, and the operator will get less time operating the equipment, which will result in better working conditions,” said Vettorazzi.

CA-purchased Sandvik crushers are said to have increased the company’s productivity by 20-30%, whilst lessening energy consumption, and at the same time being easy to operate. Furthermore, Sandvik Argentina supports customers with import procedures such as statutory declarations for machinery and equipment importation, details on tariff policies, as well as other advice that has proved to be especially beneficial.

In addition to the breaker, crushers and screen, CA also owns a Sandvik drill rig. The engineer responsible for its operation, José Bulchi, who is also a CA Córdoba plant manager, has been working at one of CA’s two quarries in the city for seven years. “During a TRIP to Las Vegas, the owners had the opportunity to view a demonstration of the drill and then a decision was made to change from the old rig,” said Bulchi.

Of the other CA-purchased Sandvik equipment, he added, “With regards to the crusher, due to its great performance, as well as Sandvik’s benefits and advantages as a company, the decision was made to buy the first crusher, the CH440. After spending eight months using it, the next step was to change the screens and we purchased the SC2473. Ever since then the quality of our product has improved, because the machines are reliable. The ASRi system (found on the CH440) is essential for product quality. It allows me to crush products to the same quality. The product curves I get are always very similar, which is very important for our customers, who seek homogeneous material.”

CA focuses on machinery maintenance with the intention to get efficiency levels similar to brand-new equipment. In addition to the in-house service, Sandvik Argentina supports the equipment providing CA with aftermarket service which goes from start–up to preventive and remedial follow-up.

From humble beginnings assembling plant themselves, learning about quarrying processes, to acquiring the latest in quarrying technology so as to improve the businesses' bottom line without causing environmental and transport problems, Strasorier and Vettorazzi have shown what hard work, vision, and the use of the best, can achieve.

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