Com­pa­nies Gear­ing Up

The Australian Mining Review - - CONTENTS - NA­TIONAL

THE in­spi­ra­tion for Aus­tralian Pump’s (Aussie Pumps) range of Aussie Mine Boss trash pumps came from the in­dus­try it­self.

Both in­fra­struc­ture and op­er­a­tional con­di­tions dic­tates that only the strong sur­vive.

Mines can’t tol­er­ate down­time, par­tic­u­larly if it’s gen­er­ated by equip­ment that isn’t de­signed for those con­di­tions.

“No­body ever heard the words ‘go easy on that trash pump, Kevin’ on a mine site,” Aussie Pumps’ chief en­gi­neer John Hales said.

See­ing the way com­mer­cial style prod­uct is used on mine sites led to the evo­lu­tion of prod­ucts that are not avail­able from ei­ther a US or Euro­pean man­u­fac­tur­ers.

What Mr Hales re­alised early in the piece, was that on Aus­tralian sites, no­body will ever pick up a pump and carry it.

Site OH&S rules are strin­gently en­forced.

If a pump needs to be moved, an ex­ca­va­tor or other piece of ma­chine will pick it up by the frame, take it where it needs to go and drop, of­ten not too gen­tly, into the new lo­ca­tion.

The re­sult is off­shore built trash pumps end­ing up look­ing like train wrecks.

Aussie Pumps de­vel­oped the Mine Boss range to be stronger, tougher and bet­ter able to deal with those oner­ous needs.

Aussie’s 2”, 3” and 4” pumps all of­fer front open­ing ports to en­able the pump to be cleared, with­out break­ing pipework or dis­man­tling hoses.

They fea­ture heavy duty, high SG, non-clog open im­pellers and cast iron vo­lutes.

Sil­i­con car­bide me­chan­i­cal seals are stan­dard.

The big ad­van­tage over con­ven­tional self-prim­ing site pumps is not just the big open im­peller but the front open­ing port.

With that open, chokes can be cleaned out from the belly of the pump in a mat­ter of sec­onds.

An­other ben­e­fit is that no spe­cial tools are re­quired and more im­por­tantly, there’s no ne­ces­sity to dis­con­nect hoses or pipework.

That is a huge ad­van­tage on a mine site.

Aussie’s 2” through to 4” pumps all come with su­per heavy duty 3/8 ml gal­vanised steel frames with an in­te­grated lift­ing bar.

A fire ex­tin­guisher, bat­tery iso­la­tion and E-Stop are all stan­dard equip­ment on Aussie’s Mine Spec pumps.

The com­pany has even de­vel­oped a trol­ley mounted con­fig­u­ra­tion for the 4” pump.

The trol­ley mount comes with a bunded tray.

Big­ger 6” trash pumps are also part of the Mine Spec range from Aus­tralian Pumps.

Th­ese pumps will de­liver a whop­ping 6000 lpm flow and of­fer heads of up to 47.6 me­tres.

Their suc­tion lift is also im­pres­sive. Like the smaller pumps, they will draw wa­ter through a ver­ti­cal lift of up to 7.6 me­tres.

“We call our self-prim­ing trash pumps ‘Quik Primes’,” Mr Hales said.

“That’s be­cause they draw wa­ter faster and fur­ther than any con­ven­tional self-prim­ing pump.”

The big 6” pumps are pow­ered by ei­ther Deutz or in the smaller ver­sion, a Kub­ota three cylin­der wa­ter cooled diesel.

“Both brands of en­gines were se­lected for their re­li­a­bil­ity, even un­der the most ad­verse con­di­tions,” Mr Hales said.

The ma­chines are avail­able with heavy duty trailer con­fig­u­ra­tions.

The 6” Mine Boss kits in­clude fire ex­tin­guisher, E-stop and bat­tery iso­la­tion.

The big 6” diesels also fea­ture engine pro­tec­tion kits and big fuel tanks that al­low up to a full 11 hours run time.

In­te­grated lift­ing bars are also fit­ted even for the trailer mounted units.

“We owe the ideas in­cor­po­rated in th­ese ‘bul­let proof’ ma­chines to the feed­back we got from the users,” Mr Hales said.

“Here even at our Syd­ney of­fice, we have a steady pro­gres­sion of peo­ple vis­it­ing Syd­ney from mines as far away as Kenya, PNG and of course from all around Aus­tralia.

“Our doors are al­ways open and we’re al­ways ready to lis­ten.”

The com­pany also has staff scout­ing mines around the coun­try on a reg­u­lar ba­sis for ideas, prob­lems to be solved, and les­sons to be learnt.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the Aussie Site Boss trash pump range is avail­able from Aus­tralian Pump In­dus­tries’ web­site or Aussie’s min­ing part­ners through­out the coun­try.

Aussie’s 3” Mine Boss trash pumps roll off the line at Aussie Pumps.

Aussie’s big 6” trash pump pro­duces 6000 litres per minute – that’s 36,000 litres per hour.

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