General Kinematics Mining Equipment
For over 45 years, General Kinematics has led the Mining / Minerals / Aggregate industry in vibratory and vibrating process equipment innovation. GK’s core strengths rest in our ability to create energy efficient, high quality vibratory mining equipment to solve the toughest of process problems. General Kinematics’ proven track record can be found in our extensive vibratory installation base of over 40,000 units in 35 countries. GK stands behind all our vibrating mining equipment, with unmatched after-sales service and support throughout our global network.
About Mining / Minerals Processing
Mining Industry Overview
The mining industry has made great strides in extracting deposits and removing desired material from waste. Mining equipment is more efficient now because it saves energy and reduces the amount of harmful chemicals needed to extract desired material from its surrounding media. Heavy duty, weather resistant equipment is still necessary to extract, transport, and process minerals, ores, and precious metals from soil, sand and rock. This innovative mining equipment is more compact and able to process material efficiently, increasing the mining company’s ability to invest in superior machinery without breaking the budget. Improvements have also been made in the automation of this ground-breaking mining equipment, making it easier to monitor and maintain more machines while reducing overall man hours.
There are many areas where the process of mining coal has been improved. Reclaiming coal is an arduous, expensive process with mixed returns. Advancements in this area have been able to improve the amount of coal in the reclaiming process and streamlined its overall efficiency. The ability to reclaim more coal in silos and barns, as well as more efficient open air storage systems has reduced the energy needed to store and reclaim coal, while increasing its speed of processing and over all coal recovered.
Transportation and set up of coal equipment is another area where coal mining companies have the opportunity to save money. Innovative equipment design can reduce facility and tunnel construction requirements, facility set up, and maintenance. Machines, such as General Kinematics UN-COALER® Activator / Feeder, allow for increased material flow and control, all while reducing tunnel heights and energy consumption.
Grinding and Crushing
Internal and external changes to grinding equipment have increased efficiency and safety. The ability for units to extract minerals with less energy per revolution reduces overall cost of the machinery. GK vibratory grinding solutions are more compact, taking up less room and making them easier to install. The use of vibration, in combination with grinding media, significantly increases the number of material impacts per minute, decreasing extraction time and creating a more desirable fractured product. The ability to extract ore and minerals quicker allows units to process material more efficiently than older units, so retention time required to extract material is significantly reduced.
Environmentally Friendly Solutions
Reducing the exposure of arsenic and other dangerous chemicals in the recovery process is better for personnel and the environment. Technological advancements have enabled manufactures to create leaching mining equipment that is more efficient in the recovery process, and less dependent on harmful chemicals. In addition, because these units are saving on energy, there is an increase in cost efficiency. GK’s VIBRA-DRUM® Grinding Mills use in-situ grinding to contain harmful chemicals within the grinding circuit, while creating a mechano-chemical reaction that more efficiently extracts the valuable minerals from the ore or mine tailings.
Innovation in Mining Equipment
General Kinematics has made great strides in improving mining equipment and revolutionizing the mining process. As the leader in vibrating machinery for minerals recovery, General Kinematics has changed the way ores, metals and precious gems are processed from the underground. GK Vibratory mining equipment is able to process minerals and ores with a significant reduction of energy, with potential energy savings between 25%-75%. This energy savings is a result of GK’s two-mass vibratory technology, a fundamental design philosophy that allows you to do more work with less horsepower requirements. These efficient conveyors, feeders and troughs help reclaim more precious material with less time, energy, and human resources spent.