Pilot Modular makes sense
Pilot Crushtec – creating solutions for an ever-changing industry.
It goes without saying that, in all industries, across all sectors, wasteful expenditure is a sure-fire way to hasten a company’s demise. What comes to mind is the concept of ‘Just in Time’ manufacturing, made popular in the 70s by the Toyota corporation, which stated that a company should be geared towards making just what is needed, when it is needed, and only in the amount needed.
The mining and quarry sector are no different.
By overcapitalising on Capex, one runs the risk of tying up much needed capital that could be better utilised in other areas. This is where Pilot Crushtec’s modular solutions for the mining, quarrying, construction and recycling industries come to the fore as the logical choice for companies across the spectrum.
To define the concept of the modular plant, Mark Reeves, sales engineer at Pilot Crushtec, says that the idea is modular by design and implementation.
“From a design perspective, you can select the components you need, for your specific application. These units are then interlinked with conveyors and a solution is tailored to your specific needs and site specifications. Once the design is defined, all the modules and individual components are sent to site, lifted into place and bolted together – not unlike a Mechano set. Additionally, should your requirements change at any point within the design process, you are able to tweak the requirements, so you have exactly the right layout, equipment, and capacity to get the job done. You get to choose what you need, when you need it, and can add modules as and when required.”
The concept would, at first, seem to be aimed at solutions for the larger companies within the market, but as we have seen over the last few years, smaller entrepreneurs and medium-sized companies are on the rise. The modular solution in this case would make perfect sense for those enterprises starting off small, with an eye to growing their business and creating sustainability within a challenging global economy.
“These modular plants are extremely scalable and, as such, can cater to a wide variety of companies, irrespective of size or application. We can design and implement a solution that will process anything from 10 tons an hour to 500 tons an hour – and should your requirements change over time, additional units can be slotted in to increase production.”
The concept of the modular plant, the brainchild of engineers at Pilot Crushtec, is a seamless integration of the company’s industry know-how, innovation and manufacturing capabilities with global machine manufacturer, Metso.
As with all the Metso products, the components come with the industry leading five-year/10 000-hour extended Equipment Protection Services (EPS) warranty. “We realised there was a gap in the market for a modular solution and took it upon ourselves to study the general assembly drawings from Metso and devised a way to make the concept work,” says Reeves.
We were able to provide a custom 250tph modular solution from ex-stock components. The customer had specific production requirements which could be met because of the flexibility of the modular offering and we could rapidly deploy the units to site because the units were available off-the-shelf using Pilot Modular solutions.
The best bet, going forward, will almost certainly be the modular concept. In a world where almost everything is a bespoke, client-centric offering, customers expect more convenient, predictable and reliable choices and Pilot Crushtec delivers. Having the ability to custom design a plant with off-the-shelf components and then being able to scale it according to your needs going forward, without the hassle of major earthworks, retooling, and construction just makes sense in an ever-evolving industry.