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Metso help improve Vertimill maintenance

Metso's Vertimill liner lifting fixture

Latest innovation helps make the changing of mill liners safer and faster

METSO have developed a solution to ease the maintenance of their Vertimill grinding mills. The company’s new Vertimill liner lifting fixture has been designed to speed up the changing of mill liners and to help make the maintenance operation safer.

Metso have been testing the tool at a customer site since June 2013 and the company has announced that it will be available for existing and future customers in early 2014.

The new Vertimill liner lifting fixture was designed to meet growing customer demand for a more efficient way to handle liner changing. As new, larger Vertimill grinding mills with correspondingly larger and heavier liners have grown in popularity, the traditional method of installing the screw liners with basic lifting tools has proven difficult and unsafe.

‘Our approach was to work backwards from what clients need and want, so our design is unique in the way that all operational constraints are considered and will offer a flawless solution by combining Metso experience and customer feedback’, explained Clive Heath, technical development manager of Life Cycle Services, Metso Mining and Construction.

Simon Pelletier, senior vice-president of Life Cycle Services, Metso Mining and Construction, added: ‘Providing added value for our customers through continual optimization of current practices is one of our main goals. This new method of VTM liner replacement is just one of those examples where Metso have developed an innovative solution to help their customers succeed.’

Metso draw from more than 100 years of mill design and manufacturing expertise, and over three decades of successful Vertimill grinding mill applications.

Since its introduction in the late 1970s, nearly 420 Vertimill grinding mills have been sold worldwide. The high-capacity vertical grinding mill has proven to be a versatile tool that exhibits many advantages over traditional ball milling.

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