A reduction in costly maintenance and downtime – these are things every business in the minerals processing and materials handling industry wants to achieve.
Peter Carseldine, FLSmidth Ludowici Product Specialist Wear Surfaces, has seen FLSmidth Ludowici's wear products achieve both of these things and a whole lot more during his 20-plus years with this specialist manufacturing business.
"Customers who transport products including iron ore, bauxite, coal, agricultural grains, crushed glass and cement all face the same issue," Carseldine said.
"If that product slides over a surface or is dropped onto a surface it will eventually wear that surface and present a problem.
"We have a range of materials available to apply to those surfaces to reduce wear."
In fact FLSmidth Ludowici has a long history of success in this area; their wear resist product range has been market leaders for more than two decades. However, they are also committed to an ongoing program of continued improvement.
"Wear linings have not changed all that much in the last decade as far as new material devel-opment," Carseldine said.
"However, the wear material has become more readily available making it more affordable. We have also been actively seeking new applications for Wear-Resist, with great success."
FLSmidth Ludowici's research and development team continually work to improve the company's wear product range. Right now they are actively researching and making improvements to pipe linings with alumina cylinders, reaction bonded silicon carbide and basalt.
Two recent applications have seen wear resistant coatings used in lining co-disposal tailing pipe and backfill lines. These are in addition to the application of Wear-Resist lined piping in coal handling preparation plants.
In the co-disposal application, the 12mm lining of Wear-Resist was still operating after 600,000 tons whereas the 12mm well pipe wore at a rate of 0.5mm per week.
FLSmidth Ludowici also has trowel-on wear products that have proven their success in many different settings, reducing wear where both light and moderate impact as well as sliding abra-sion is present.
"We are very good at understanding the unique issues our customers face and producing cost-effective wear solutions that will bring about lasting performance and reduce maintenance and downtime," Carseldine said.
"If we are not too sure the solution we are offering will be successful, we consider it 'research and development'. Alternatively, we can operate under a 'pay on result' arrangement. However you look at it, everyone wins.
"We are a complete solutions supplier to the minerals industries, including after sales, service and support.
"This means we are uniquely able to provide you with a single resource for all the products and services you need – globally and locally – no matter what the requirements or location."