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Minetek delivers on custom ventilation solution

Minetek delivers on custom ventilation solution

Minetek has been chosen to supply a custom ventilation solution for a global gold mining company’s underground crusher, located at its central NSW operation.

Minetek was contracted to provide a ventilation fan that could withstand the extremely abrasive silica dust emitted by the crusher.

The underground crusher contains a high content of silica, and the previous supplier’s standard axial fans requiring impeller replacement every 12 weeks. This resulted in significant ongoing costs, due to equipment replacement and downtime.

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After an onsite inspection and extensive consultation between the two parties engineering teams, Minetek designed and constructed a custom fan and impeller combination which has currently outperformed the previous equipment 20:1, resulting in an increased order of five fans for the operation.

“Our team thrives on challenges and this is exactly what was presented to us by this particular client,” said Minetek General Manager for Ventilation, Jeremy Sutherland.

“Not only have we designed a fan that outperforms the existing axial fan, but we have also supplied one that is quieter and smaller, with a unique design that allows the dust to travel through the equipment with minimal impact to the structure.”

“Minetek is an innovative and solution-driven company specialising in the engineering, design, manufacture, and implementation of Mining Ventilation solutions. Our focus is on helping our clients reach and maintain production and regulatory requirements.”

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AMSJ April 2022