Osborn's robust modular plant makes its mark

Modular jaw crushing plant

Reflecting the growing demand for its new, locally-designed and built modular crushing and screening plants, Johannesburg-based Osborn has secured an order for a modular primary crushing tip that will be employed in the tough platinum industry, reports marketing director Martin Botha.

"Customers are increasingly seeking equipment that is easier to transport, and our new plants offer an affordable solution that fits this bill," he says.

A further order - for a modular primary crushing plant for a Lesotho diamond mine - is in the pipeline, while Botha adds that a number of secondary crushing and screening plants have also been sold since the company launched this modular offering last year. "Our aim is to have these plants available to buy 'off the shelf", but they are selling so quickly we haven't been able to build up stock. Most of the plants we manufacture are sold before they are even finished."

He says 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 capacity."

While not mobile, the plants are easily transportable. Dubbed Osborn's "Kit in a Box", three options are available - the modular jaw crushing plant, modular cone crushing plant and a modular screening plant. Different jaw crusher models are offered, including small jaw crushers for smaller plants. The components are broken down to fit into two standard 40ft open top shipping containers, with enough space for some spare parts.

Botha explains, "They can be easily transported anywhere in the world, and only a mobile crane is required for on site erection. This is essentially a 'plug and play' plant," he quips. The "kit" comes complete with modular conveyors, all electrics, all fasteners and a service manual for the machines. All the standard equipment is supported by Osborn's 24/7/365 service, and spares are readily available from Osborn's Elandsfontein facility, he adds.

Botha notes that Osborn's offering is robust and long-wearing. "We try to remain on the heavier side of equipment supply. We have built our plants for strength and longevity. They are perfectly suited to the most arduous applications - including platinum ore and truck dump material. They are also safe and serviceable, with improved access for servicing the units."

"The modular plant is fast becoming a sought-after addition to Osborn’s line-up of tough, high quality machines, which includes apron feeders, screens and an expansive range of crushers for the mining and quarrying industries," Botha concludes.