Designing Effective Impact Elbows for Usage In Mineral Processing

Engineering capital equipment and mineral processing tools is highly specialized work. When people design and create mineral processing equipment, they should have many factors in mind. 

These factors include, but are not limited to, flow rate, material utilized, processing speed, and lining. These systems must see usage 24 hours a day and seven days a week, so plant managers must take the steps necessary to ensure continuous functionality. 

Ceramic Technology, Inc. has worked closely with plant managers to develop innovative solutions to withstand pneumatic and gravity drop associated with daily usage. Our teams work diligently alongside plant employees and managers to develop lasting solutions for various plant arrangements.

About the Design of Impact Elbows

Impact elbows are an essential part of any mineral processing plant, as they typically serve as a connection between two separate systems in the plant. Impact elbows usually undergo a lot of abrasions and wear since slurry usually runs through these systems at high speeds. 

A ceramic impact elbow can help increase the ROI a company can receive from their equipment, allowing continuous production capabilities with minor general wear. 

One of our clients, Detour Gold, tested the capabilities of our impact elbows and found:
  • The CTI-X7® Impact Elbow could process 55,000 tons of material per day
  • Could process displaced 5″ grinding balls
  • Extended the 88-degree elbow’s performance to 10 months
  • Can process 17 million tons of gold ore in its lifetime
  • Supports mineral throughput by up to 30 percent
  • Reduces impact abrasion
  • Reduces premature wear

Detour Gold’s Reliability Team went on to win first place in their international competition, which saw competition from many multinational conglomerates. Ceramic Technology Inc.’s patented CTI-X7® impact elbow design effectively improved plant production and relieved areas susceptible to corrosion and impact abrasion.

Why Improving Durability is Important in the Design of Impact Elbows

Impact elbows undergo a lot of wear when processing minerals. This equipment usually undergoes considerable wear and tear, which can cause serious detriment over time. The materials utilized in this equipment can affect the lifespan of the equipment in general.

For years, many people used urethane and rubber in mineral processing equipment, which resulted in a shorter lifespan and considerable corrosion and impact abrasion. 

Thankfully, ceramic materials significantly improve the lifespan of impact elbows and other capital processing equipment. Ceramic materials help extend equipment lifespan by 15-20 years, which serves as a significant improvement. 

Ceramic Process Equipment Saves Time

Ceramic processing equipment can save plant managers and employees time on the floor. Instead of cleaning up spills and leaks, plant managers can devote time to overseeing the plant’s various functions. 

Spills result from corrosion or wear associated with plant materials. Over time, these materials can fail, which creates significant issues for plant managers. When these materials give way, costly and time-consuming spills can occur. 

These spills have some of the following consequences:
  • Wasting man-hours that could see use in other functions
  • Wasting excess material that spills or leaks from the equipment
  • Damaging the environment or facilities
  • Suspending production until plant managers generate a solution
  • And more

Thankfully, our engineering team can help plant managers create impact elbows and other capital processing equipment that best meets their needs. Our dedicated team can help create ceramic lining and process equipment that best assists mineral processing plants in their daily operations. 

Why Ceramic Technology, Inc.?

Our products prevent costly blowouts, leaks, and spills, which take a significant amount of time and money to clean. Unlike other mineral processing fabrications, our products provide quality results on a 24 x 7 basis, which will result in a significant return on investment for plants. 

CTI-X7® Process Equipment provides clients with a marked improvement in their plant’s efficiency. Our products reduce costs and provide a 20:1 return on investment for our customers. For this reason, our products are trusted in the North American continent, seeing use in the United States and Canada. 

Ceramic Technology has served the mineral processing industry for the past 26 years. We work hard to deliver innovative products to our clients. By working directly with teams, we help improve efficiency by providing quality fabrications for the daily needs of their plants.

Contact Ceramic Technology, Inc.

Our patented CTI-X7® equipment can streamline your plant’s mineral processing operations today. Our comprehensive solutions and attention to detail will help any mineral processing plant accelerate growth and profit while remaining operational. 

Our technologies are widely used in the North American continent because they have proven effective at driving efficiency and lowering costs. With our CTI-X7® technology, your mineral processing facility can increase production and prevent costly spills and shutdowns.

If you are interested in any of our products or would like to receive a quote, call us at (800) 437-1142 or fill out the contact form on our webpage. We would love to answer any questions you may have about our CTI-X7® equipment. 

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