Recipe Sand Plants

Recipe Sand Plants are the elite of all washing and classifying plants. They divide the sand into three or four discrete fractions, which are then blended to create the required products. The system provides higher quality sand to meet tighter specifications and provides product consistency within 2% of the target gradation for dependable uniformity. Developed in Europe to meet more stringent specifications, these plants allow a producer to supply many construction aggregates and specialty markets while maximizing the use of every particle mined. 

Recipe Sand Plant
Recipe Sand Plant
Recipe Sand Plant
Recipe Sand Plant
Recipe Sand Plant
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Popular Applications for Recipe Sand Plants

Recipe Sand Plants are specified for their ability to produce very tight gradations, multiple products and improving the yield of the deposit. With customized blending, Recipe Sand Plants can easily produce Department of Transportation concrete sand, plaster sand, and glass, sports, filter and foundry sand.

Benefits of McLanahan Recipe Sand Plants

  • Improved yield from your deposit
  • Every sand fraction is sold at the highest value
  • Extreme consistency in final products
  • Multiple recipes for standard and specialty products
  • The facility short runs of speciality materials
  • Eliminate product returns due to out-of-spec materials
  • Reduce the risk associated with contractor guarantees

Frequently Asked Questions

Should everyone have a recipe concept plant?

No. First, the higher investment in a plant like this would not fit every market. Demands for high-quality specialty materials, a deposit that has challenges in its gradations and vertical integration will influence the decision on whether this design of plant will work for you.

Can I feed the plant with a dredge?

Yes, provided you have the appropriate up-front equipment and communication between the plant and the dredge operator. There are a couple of ways of looking at this, depending on the style of dredge, nature of the deposit and quantities of oversize materials. You certainly need to screen before the sand sized material is fed to the plant — this requires some automation to provide plant feedback to the dredge operator. In some cases, stockpiling on land and dry feeding can work better than feeding direct.

Being a large plant, I assume I will need more personnel to run it?

Quite the opposite. The levels of automation, self-monitoring equipment with simple loop controller, simplifies the plant and requires less supervision.

My deposit is variable. Is this a problem for this type of plant?

One of the Recipe Sand Plant’s benefits is its ability to automatically cater for the variations.  The Hydrosizers™ place the sand fractions into the appropriate bins. From there, you are only limited by the availability of the fractions needed.

Does such a large plant require a lot of maintenance?

With the appropriate equipment and correct application of wear materials installed at the beginning, the operational costs are no higher than a conventional plant. Consider one valve on a Hydrosizer™ versus 27 on a Sand Classifying Tank. Use of rubber hoses, rubber lined pipe and collection vessels all contribute to long life in a plant. As in any design of plant, an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure. If there is any corrosive fluid involved, such as naturally occurring tannic acid, then this needs to be taken in to consideration.