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Customised Fines Separation Unit for underground mine


A customised Fines Separation Unit for a mining client is working so well it is sending other units for modification. Its success means we have made the simpler, lower height unit a standard product.

Business Development Manager Ernest Lapornik said the client had a potential OHS issue when handling and assembling the FSU at its NSW underground coal mine. He said Brain Industries’ genius engineers radically modified its FSU280 to make it simpler to use as well as easier and safer to transport and operate underground.

“By re-engineering the entire frame, the unit now folds down during transport for better operator visibility,” Ernest said.

“A new polyurethane bumper bar prevents damage to the unit when locating it over a conveyor belt. The pneumatic controls now have just a simple on/off switch and filter.”

“Our client needed a maximum overall height of 1500mm for better operator visibility. We’ve reduced the height  from 2166mm fully assembled or 1650mm with the auger removed down to 1350mm.”

Customised Fines Separation Unit now standard

Ernest said the new FSU is now a standard product alongside Brain’s FSU 366 and FSU 280. So clients in the mining, tunnelling, quarrying, construction and agricultural sectors also benefit from the new features.

“Most importantly, we’ve delivered quality industrial equipment to meet a client’s needs.”

“We love customising our industrial equipment or coming up with genius solutions to client problems.”

What does a Fines Separation Unit do?

A Fines Separation Unit helps manage sludges, slurries and coal fines laden water. It dewaters almost any material within water soluble clays or silts.

  • Hard ore
  • Rock
  • Stone
  • Sand
  • Other contaminated or hazardous materials.

The fully automatic slurry management system’s auger separates coal fines and other materials from water. Dewater up to 30,000 litres per hour and recover 40mᶟ of coal fines or other material every 24 hours.

The end product has a typical moisture content of 25%. You can directly discharge it to a conveyor belt, hopper, or secondary dewatering screen.

Watch our FSU video here. 

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