Three Ways to Keep Your Rock Crushing Operation Safe and Efficient

Mar. 17, 2022

 

The aggregate environment has its dangers. Those who have worked in this industry for any length of time understand this fact. 

 

After all, the machines we use almost every day are very powerful, and rock crushers are no exception. These pieces of equipment exert high amounts of pressure needed for crushing. 

 

At a practical level, completely eliminating any chance for injury during crushing operations is impossible. However, there are certain steps that can be taken to cut down the number of injuries sustained on the job. Industry-proven safety equipment and procedures are a huge part of overall crushing job safety.

 

Hydraulic lifts, hammers, breakers, instruction manuals, and equipment sensors that monitor operations are just a few examples. While many companies have implemented various tools over the past few decades, they may not have considered all the benefits that come with implementing them, along with the obvious. 

 

With that in mind, we would like to unpack three ways you can improve the safety and efficiency of the crushing process and operations

 

Reading Safety and Information Manuals

Who should read these manuals? 

The answer is everyone who works with or manages that crushing operation. Your modern rock crusher is a technological marvel and an indispensable part of your operation. But are you doing everything you can to keep it running smoothly and safely? Automation has come a long way. Are you up-to-speed? What you don't know about your rock crusher could be creating hazards for your employees and slowing down your operation. 

Safety through Education

At Mellott, we understand that the most advanced machine is only as good or safe as the technician operating it. Safety is our number one Value at any Mellott operation. It is also one of the main reasons we established Mellott University, so our associates and aggregate industry workers can remain current. Combining online courses and hands-on training, our technicians and managers stay up-to-speed on the latest and greatest crusher technology and safety tools.

Improving Efficiency through Automation 

If your crusher is properly maintained—especially by following a maintenance plan and replacing the vital wear parts and liners, you'll understand problems before they start. That's now much easier thanks to automated systems and monitoring equipment—as long as your technicians and managers take the time to understand how these features work. 

Work with the technician commissioning the machine. Read the manual. Read it more than once. Discuss it, ask questions, listen to the machine. Don’t assume anything. And always remember, these modern advances are not a guarantee. It's up to the technicians and operational personnel to understand the overall process and monitor the vital information provided by these automated systems, such as:

  • Temperature     
  • Setting 
  • Ton Per Hour   
  • RPM
  • Flow
  • Wear parts (percent of life remaining)
  • Pressure

Rock crushers have changed significantly in 30 years with computer technology and mechanical assisted safety tools. Today's machines are more complex, more efficient, and more user-friendly. 

A well-trained technician who knows how to use the latest technological features will keep your crusher operating efficiently and safely, saving you from repair costs and downtime.

Want to Learn More?

We hope this article provided some helpful tips and information on safety, automation, and efficiency. These components are the cornerstone of every Mellott operation. 

That’s why we highlight them and their benefits. They help us create a work environment where our employees and clients can thrive. 

Want to learn more about how specific equipment and automation can impact safety and improve your crushing operations overall? Get in touch with us online. If you’re looking to replace and improve crusher parts, visit our e-commerce website today.

 

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