A skirting system for any mining environment

skirting system

TS Global offers a market-leading range of skirting systems to the mining industry.

As a conveyor specialist, TS Global understands the frustrations associated with material wastage. This is where the skirting system comes to the fore.

TS Global director Graham Holford believes that being a specialist in the conveyor service industry is crucial. “Product knowledge is key,” he told Australian Mining in a February feature. 

“The conveyor service industry has moved into an area where there’s a lot of generalists … and many of these companies are belt-manufacturing or belt-splicing companies that try to do a lot of mechanical work.”

TS Global is a prime example of a specialist, having established itself as a master in conveyor componentry, with understanding the ins and outs of conveyors as part of its DNA.

Peter Noor, TS Global’s New South Wales sales engineer, believes being a specialist not only means a customer will get the best service, but it can also have valuable flow-on effects.  

“(Being a specialist is) definitely important because it allows you to understand the systems and be very intimate with how equipment is supposed to work,” he told Australian Mining. 

“When you’re across all these intricate details of fine-tuning a system and making sure the system is working, you get extended wear-life out of components. 

“You get the equipment working how it’s supposed to operate, you also don’t get potential failures or issues that could lead to equipment damage or belt damage, which can be very expensive.”

3D render of a conveyor system with safety guards.

 

A key component of TS Global’s service offering to the mining industry is its market-leading skirting systems, which are designed to prevent material spillage and control dust around the tail end of the conveyor.

Given conveyors are used for many unique mining applications across different distances in varying environments, customisability is important to ensuring a skirting system fits the bill.

“When you are looking to manufacture a skirting system for a certain conveyor, it’s not always going to be the same,” Noor said.

“There’s not going to be the same dimensions between every conveyor. You always have (to consider) the purpose of the conveyor, when it was built and the limitations when they were building the conveyor. 

“That all influences how your skirting system will look.”

TS Global has skirting systems for underground and above-ground settings, which are adjustable and can be fitted onto an existing or as part of a new conveyor. The company has stainless steel or polyurethane (poly) options depending on the environment and the wear risks in play.

As TS Global evolves its offering, the company has created secondary seals that provide a safety net to the primary skirting systems. Noor said these were proving especially popular in the mining industry.

“Our polyurethane skirting bolts onto the back of the hard skirt. The poly skirting is manufactured from a soft poly compound with exceptional abrasion resistance and elasticity, which allows the skirt to adapt to the belt,” he said.

“This allows it to ride the belt. If the belt is experiencing any movement, it’s flexible enough to follow the profile of the belt. Any material that makes its way underneath the hard skirt will be captured by that soft secondary seal.

“This is a product we recommend when sites are seeing spillage and accelerated wear to traditional rubber skirt material.”

TS Global is capable of providing an end-to-end service, including design, manufacture, installation and ongoing maintenance.

“At TS Global, we go from the initial stages of measuring on-site and examining every aspect of the skirting system. We take into consideration anything that could impact on the system, such as material being carried, how the material is being presented by the incoming conveyor, belt speed and length of skirt.” Noor said. 

“We then move on to the design phase, where we come up with a design which is as unified as possible.”

TS Global then drafts the skirting system with real-life measurements specific to a company’s mining environment and obtains approvals. Following any feedback or amendments requested by the client, the company then moves to the manufacturing stage.

Once a skirting system is manufactured and installed, TS Global is always on call to ensure the system is operating at optimal performance.    

“We ensure our relationship with our clients is intimate in a sense that we want to provide service throughout the whole process. If we install a part and there are challenges, we will adjust our design or go out to site to have a look at what the problem is,” Noor said.

“We always follow through the process and ensure the client is happy and satisfied.”  

This feature appeared in the May issue of Australian Mining.

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