Customer: Rock Quarry
Material: 3/4″ Granite Rock
Application: Shut off product beneath truck loading silos
Challenge: Outsource a slide gate that will offer longer life when handling very abrasive granite rock
Results:This regional industry is in the business of mining and supplying aggregate-based construction materials used in building highways and railroads.
In late 2009, Vortex was contacted to find out if they had a slide gate that would offer longer life than gates they had previously used for their abrasive granite rock material. Vortex was developing a new gate to handle abrasives and viewed this application as an excellent opportunity for their research.
A 24” gate was produced and installed in February of 2010. During a two-year period, while working with the company, minor design changes were implemented that enhanced the performance of the original gates. Selected changes were considered and incorporated into a Vortex product now known as the Titan Series TSG Gate. The TSG features an abrasion resistant blade, replaceable abrasion resistant liners, and a displacement end pocket that prevents material packing upon blade closing.
The company has been impressed with the performance of the TSG in handling their material. The TSG offers much improved valve life-cycle costs for an industry that wears out and replaces equipment quite frequently.
The plant superintendent comments “Finding equipment that offers longer life is always on our minds. The
Vortex valves are providing exactly that!”