If not washed, construction material containing deleterious materials can cause cracking in structural projects and prevent drainage in transportation projects. Similarly in the coal industry, unwashed coal can decrease its quality and efficiency and, therefore, its price.
Washing is becoming increasingly important as producers find themselves progressing farther into their reserves and extracting material with greater amounts of deleterious materials, or facing stricter specifications for their construction aggregate. Washing and classifying equipment helps producers meet these strict specifications and do more with their deposit.
Another function of washing and classifying equipment is particle sizing. Classifying equipment is ideal for separating material that is too small to be sized on traditional screening equipment. Using classifying equipment, producers can remove excess material, retain finer particles and create multiple products from a single feed. In this way, producers are able to make the most of their deposit by creating additional saleable products at one time.
There are many options when it comes to choosing the right washing and classifying equipment for your application. Some material only requires rinsing on a screen to remove the undesirables, while other material requires a more vigorous washing process to liberate the clay and other debris. Certain equipment is best for washing coarse materials, while other equipment is ideal for washing and classifying fine materials. In order to process material for a variety of markets, producers can employ a combination of washing and classifying equipment to meet their needs.
McLanahan manufactures a wide range of washing and classifying equipment, meaning the company is able to select an option that will ensure each customer has the best process engineered solution for their washing and classifying application.