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McCloskey Washing Systems Demonstrate New Wash Plant Range

First published in the February 2018 issue of Quarry Management as MWS open day goes down a Storm

McCloskey Washing Systems demonstrate new modular wash plant range at Crown Aggregates’ Hartshill Quarry

A recent open day event at Crown Aggregates Ltd’s Hartshill Quarry, near Nuneaton, in Warwickshire, provided a fitting backdrop to highlight new McCloskey Washing Systems (MWS) washing and classifying equipment for both quarrying and recycling applications.

Last summer, Crown Aggregates, a leading recycling company based in the West Midlands, took delivery of the first new McCloskey wash plant in the UK, supplied by MWS dealers Max Innovate.

At the two-day event, MWS hosted live working demonstrations of the AggStorm 150 and SandStorm 516 units working in tandem. Together, these machines are being used by Crown Aggregates to process quarry scalpings with a high clay content to produce three aggregates and two sand products at a rate of around 150 tonnes/h.

In particular, the open day marked the launch of the new AggStorm 80 and AggStorm 150 modular log-washers, which are designed to operate either as stand-alone units or as an integrated system in tandem with the SandStorm range of wash plants.

The AggStorm modular wash plant brings together rinsing, screening, scrubbing and sand washing capabilities on a single transportable chassis. Primarily designed for the processing of construction and demolition waste, the AggStorm can produce up to three grades of aggregate. 

In this particular application, Crown Aggregates are using the AggStorm 150 to make 10mm, 20mm and 40mm products, while the SandStorm 516 modular wash plant produces 0–2mm and 0–5mm grades of sand as well as +40mm rinsed stone. The sand plant also has the capability to blend all or some of the fine sand into the coarse sand to maximize the required grading.

Fintan McKeever, managing director of Max Innovate, said: ‘The wash plants provide Crown Aggregates with clean, in-specification material that they could not achieve by dry screening; this will increase their sales and grow their customer base.’

The two-day event at Hartshill Quarry proved highly successful, with more than 150 end-user customers attending from across the UK to witness the demonstrations, inspect the machines and learn more about their features and benefits.

‘The SandStorm and AggStorm received a lot of positive feedback with many visitors impressed with their innovative compact size, with maximum access to serviceable areas, and the quality of the product produced,’ said Mr McKeever.

Ben Frettsome, sales and applications manager with MWS, commented: ‘The open day proved to be another successful breakthrough for MWS. Reaction to the plant was exceptional and we received immediate orders as a result.’

MWS director Sean Loughran added: ‘It was great to see so many people taking time out of their busy schedules to see what MWS can offer. We have invested heavily in our new washing equipment over the past year and it was exciting to show this equipment working efficiently in its true working environment.’

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