Tramp Metal Detection

Most miners would agree that extending the lifecycles of their processing machines is essential to keeping expenditures low.

According to a study conducted by the University of Wollongong and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, extractive equipment servicing and maintenance expenses account for between 30 and 50 per cent of total operating costs annually.

One way to mitigate wear and tear on mills, pulverisers, rollers, shredders and other assets is to ensure ferrous and non-ferrous metals are removed from mining material. Eliminating tramp metal can mean the difference between a cost-effective operation and expensive operation.

Tramp metal detection as a solution

It’s hard to imagine that a rusted bucket shovel, bolt or nail could cause something as powerful as an ore crusher to break down, but that’s exactly what happens when miscellaneous metal goes undetected.

At SRO, we’ve developed the solutions necessary to identify tramp metal before they enter processing equipment. Our teams design and install tramp detection systems based on the needs of your operations. As opposed to simply installing tramp metal detectors, we analyse your facility’s workflow to determine how to leverage our technology appropriately.

Listed below are just a few of the sectors for which we’ve developed tramp detection solutions:

  • Raw commodities extraction such as iron ore, coal, gold and copper
  • Production facilities specialising in food, rubber, plastic, sugar cane and timber
  • Recycling operations

Our customisation services enable us to install solutions for any type of conveyor system. We won’t work against your established processes for the sake of making room for our implementations.

The benefits of tramp metal detection

While open mining products may contain pieces of broken machinery or bar stock, paper mills might encounter smaller bits of metal that could compromise equipment integrity. Developing metal detection systems around this and other industry-specific knowledge is more productive than delivering blanket solutions that may not meet particular needs.

However, there are two other advantages metal detection solutions deliver that may not be well known. For example, Dairy Food Safety Victoria noted that dairy food manufacturers are required by law to use metal detection systems to remove fine, grainy alloy from milk, cheese and other such products.

In fact, 35 per cent of food recalls between 2003 and 2012 were due to metal contaminants. In addition to the legal costs associated with such situations, failing to detect impurities can lead to loss of business, replacement of product stock and disposal.

Tramp metal detection solutions also improve workplace safety. The Western Australia Department of Mines noted one instance when an operator was almost impaled by a piece of tramp steel caught in a jaw crusher. The metal, which was a ripper boot from a large bulldozer, fired into the crusher control cabin, resulting in serious damage.

In summation, tramp metal detection systems not only prevent equipment damage, but also ensure the safety of both workers and consumers.

Applying our expertise

At SRO, our specialty lies in providing metal detection solutions. Our responsibility isn’t to provide you with a product, but develop a system that works as an integral part of your operations. We conduct comprehensive analyses to determine how metal detectors can fit with magnetic drums, belt demagnetisers and other assets.

In addition to design and installation, we provide our customers with instrumentation repairs in the unlikely event a problem occurs with one of our solutions.

For more than 25 years, we’ve installed metal detection solutions in facilities throughout Australia, as well as the greater Oceania and Asian markets. This diverse customer base is a testament to our ability to provide accurate, robust and reliable applications to whatever sector that requires our services.