CJ Plant: Hydraulics Systems in a Quarry Plant

There are several types of hydraulic equipment and vehicles in quarry plants. Each equipment and vehicle plays a specific part in the plant and is uniquely designed to fulfil this role. Equipment and vehicles are supported and powered by hydraulic technology to ensure that the plant runs smoothly and the projects it is mandated with are a success.

Most of the work and activities on a quarry plant depend fully on hydraulic systems. Lack of these systems negates the functioning, the practicality and the safety of the plant. In such an instance, the viability of the plant to be able to provide its services and products (as is expected) effectively and safely is diminished.

Below is a list of the machinery and equipment, used in quarry plants, powered by hydraulic systems.

  1. Bulldozers

Bulldozers are used to remove any materials on a quarry site that may obstruct plant operations. The vehicles make it easier to access the materials and minerals that are below the surface. A bulldozer paves way for other hydraulic equipment that will be used to extract the materials and minerals.

The bulldozer uses hydraulic power to control its steering and brake systems. It requires the hydraulic forces to generate enough power needed to control and operate the heavy-duty machine. A bulldozer is often the first heavy-duty vehicle that helps the quarry plants clear the ground for the next phase of mineral and material extraction and other precious resources in the ground.

  1. Wheel Loaders

Wheel loaders are responsible for the removal of the material that has been cleared by the bulldozers. The vehicle transports the waste material away from the site to give room for other quarry processes to take place.  Failure to remove the waste material from the site poses a hazard and can result in delays in the extraction stages.

The wheel loader achieves its function using a hydraulic arm and a scoop that is attached to the main body of the loader. The wheel loader scoops the waste material from the ground and loads it into trucks and the trucks transport it to another location far from the site.

Wheel loaders are also used for collecting rocks and other materials that have been mined and transporting them to other locations. These materials and rocks will be crushed and resized at the site and will be later transported out of the quarry using different heavy-duty vehicles.

  1. Tipper Trucks

Tipper trucks are used for the transportation of material around and away from the quarry plant. The materials include ground material that has been cleared, the rocks and other material that had been collected to be sold. These trucks are required to transport extremely heavy loads that other ordinary vehicles cannot handle.

As such, they are powered by hydraulic technology to provide the pulling power and heavy lifting support to transport and dispense the rocks and other ground material away from the quarry site. The trucks can carry weights above 3500 tons which are contained and carried by the buckets on the tipper trucks.

  1. Crushing Equipment

Crushing equipment requires hydraulic power to crush and reshape the rocks that have been removed from the ground. The crushing stage ensures that the rock sizes and weights are not too heavy for transportation by the tipper trucks. Tipper trucks remove the rocks from the quarry site.

The equipment uses immense power to crush rocks into smaller rocks that are easier and more compact. The smaller rocks will be crushed by other machinery later. A quarry plant has a conveyor belt that supplies the rock into the crushing machine. Rocks are then crushed into smaller sizes by applying pressure. High pressure from the machine breaks the rocks into smaller sizes which are later transported to the customer’s sites.

The crushing mechanism is made up of a complex array of metal sheets, vices, and vibration equipment. This system maximises the breakdown of the rock to a specified size or weight. Rocks can only the plant after they have been resized and reduced in weight according to the specifications of the customer. Once the standards are achieved, customer’s trucks collect the rock and transport it to their sites.

  1. Hydraulic Hoses

Hydraulic hoses are used to ensure that the site equipment is kept clean and in good condition. Quarries produce substantial amounts of dust and dirt that can impact the workability and effectiveness of the equipment used on the site.  Equipment must be kept clean to ensure that every machine and vehicle is in good condition and all the activities of the quarry are running smoothly.

Hydraulic hoses can be used to clean a wide range of hydraulic vehicles and machinery using their high-pressure performance. Hydraulic hoses are designed to last longer and are a sure way of ensuring that the machinery is clean and the quarry operations are safe.

In Conclusion

Quarry processes incorporate a wide range of hydraulics systems that work together throughout the entire process. This may take months. Operators, therefore, should invest in reliable systems and heavy-duty vehicles powered by hydraulics. CJ plant hydraulics experts are available to provide you with any information you will need regarding hydraulic systems.