Orders Roll in for Osborn Modular Plant

Full Modular Crushing plant consisting of a Modular Jaw, Cone and Screen plant at Okorusu Fluorspar Mine, Namibia
Modular Jaw Crusher
Modular Cone Crusher

Reflecting the growing demand for Osborn’s locally-designed and built modular crushing and screening plants, in South Africa and further afield, the Elandsfontein-based manufacturer has secured orders from several local mines as well as operations in Lesotho, Mozambique, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Namibia.

"Plant in a box"

New and existing customers are recognising the value of Osborn’s exceptional “plant in a box”, comments product sales manager Chris Slade. “For customers seeking equipment that is easier to transport, our modular plants offer an affordable solution that fits this bill.” He notes that the modular plants are ideal for plant expansion. "All that a customer needs to do is put down a concrete slab, unpack their new modular plant and their expansion is done. They immediately have the desired duty and capacity."

While not mobile, the plants are easily transportable. Three products are available, in different sizes - the modular jaw crushing plants (sizes 2540, 3042, 3055, 3648), modular cone crushing plants (sizes 38, 44, 52, 57) and a modular screening plant (sizes 6’ x 16’ and 6 x 20 double and triple decks).

Osborn’s recent orders include all three options – modular plants with jaw crushers for primary crushing, cone crushers for secondary and tertiary crushing and modular screening plants. One customer has also ordered a cone crusher modular plant that will be used in a milling circuit.

Robust & Wear Resistant

“Customers recognise that Osborn’s machines are more robust and wear resistant, having dead box areas to improve liner wear and machine wear,” Slade states. The new modular plants will be used in applications ranging from aggregate to mining and underground mining operations.

The 25 ton hopper capacity used in all the primary jaw plants discharges via a 42” or 48” x 16’ heavy duty vibrating grizzly step deck feeder that is suitable for both excavator and dump trucks, Slade explains. The 6’ x 20’ triple deck modular screen structure that Osborn shipped to Mozambique, for use in the aggregate industry, is a heavy duty Superking machine with a heavy duty circular drive shaft vibrator system.

All the 30” x 42” modular jaw crusher plants which Osborn has already delivered and commissioned are running at over 200 tons per hour, crushing 600mm feed size, Slade reports.

Full Quarry Processing Plant

In addition to the modular jaw, cone and screening plants, Osborn can now offer a full quarry processing plant, by adding the new Vertical Shaft Impactor modular plant to the set-up. Since adding the KPI-JCI Vertical Shaft Impactor to its equipment offering last year, Osborn has seen demand for these units grow and now has several operating successfully in South Africa.

Slade attributes the burgeoning demand for Osborn’s modular plants to the fact that they can offer the client substantial cost savings in terms of the civils and installation costs needed for a traditional plant, as well as savings on transport.

“Our modular plants are easy to build and are mounted on skids, so they are easier to set up. They are also easy to transport and re-erect on a new site. These plants are designed to fit into containers when they are dismantled, which makes transportation easier and cheaper. To sum it up: there’s less civils work and they can be transported, assembled and dismantled easily and quickly. It is proving a recipe for success,” he concludes.


Photographs show the modular jaw and cone crushers and Screen plant at Okorusu Fluorspar Mine, Namibia