Pilot Modular crusher transforms brick-making business | Infrastructure news

A Pretoria brick manufacturer has boosted production and reduced operating costs thanks to the recent purchase of a Pilot Modular horizontal impact crusher from local crushing and screening specialist Pilot Crushtec International.

The Pilot Modular BR0605 commissioned in June, has already proven its worth by adding value to the business in a number of important areas.

In the first instance, it empowers the operator to crush damaged or off-standard bricks back down to -10mm specification, delivering large volumes of what formerly would have been discarded as waste back into the manufacturing process.

Secondly, the company is now able to produce its own raw materials by crushing sand stone, rock and concrete to produce bricks, blocks and other related products.

Considering that in order to produce bricks the manufacturer was previously paying around R73 per m³ of sand from local quarries as well as having to foot the transport bill, the unit’s R275, 000 purchase price translates into an excellent investment.


Tried and tested technology

Pilot Crushtec International national sales manager Nicolan Govender believes that his client’s experience illustrates how the use of tried and tested crusher technology can transform a relatively small operation virtually overnight.

“While it is still early days, we have already identified areas where, over time the addition of Pilot Modular components, including a feed hopper, screen and conveyors will further enhance the operation without incurring major expenditure,” he says.

Govender has a detailed knowledge of the crushing market and offers some well-informed observations relating to product selection within the brick manufacturing industry.


Picking the right crusher

“Small granulator jaw crushers are often used by inexperienced operators and rarely achieve the volume and quality of output of a product like the Pilot Modular BR0605. This means that manufacturers utilising this type of equipment typically suffer the ongoing cost burden of continually recirculating the crushed product until they finally achieve the required standard and quantity of fines.”

He strongly believes that a Pilot Modular BR0605 should be a permanent feature in every brick and block yard. Many are cluttered by stockpiles of reject bricks, blocks and piles of concrete which can be easily converted back to their original state, generating instant savings in both money and space.

The electrically powered Pilot Modular BR0605 is a versatile high performance horizontal impact crusher. Its relatively low cost, combined with ease of operation and maintenance, makes it an ideal product for the smaller contractor or start up operation, especially those located in rural areas.

The skid mounted semi-mobile product has been designed to suit a number of applications including rock crushing and sand production, coal production and the recycling of green waste, glass, building rubble and concrete.

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