And poof, the rock’s gone

Captured at Albany by Lee Griffith Photography on 2022, 02. Irongate Farm, Kalgan, West Australia, Friday, 5th November, 2021

Nobody does on-site crushing like Rocks Gone, with the release of its durable, economical and incredibly safe crushing solution, Dynamic Force Crusher 9. Designed and manufactured in Western Australia to international standards, this crushing solution will take the mining industry by the horns.

Rocks Gone is a family-owned and run Western Australian business providing unique on-site crushing solutions to the mining and civil industry.

When Rocks Gone founder Tim Pannell was looking for an economical solution to improve the production potential of sedimentary rock such as ironstone, gravel ridges and limestone, he imported a rotary rock crusher and set up a contracting business.

The machine proved ineffective in the harsh WA conditions, and as a result, Pannell began designing and developing a machine that would perform under these extreme conditions and match his expectations around functionality and durability.

This concept has gone through many iterations and patent listings, developing into the Dynamic Force Crusher 9 (DFC9).

“The Dynamic Force Crusher 9 has been manufactured to a standard that means it can work 24–7, it’s able to go all year without a major service,” Pannell told Australian Mining.

“The whole machine has been developed with economics front of mind. It had to be effective in civil and mining. Everything else that could do the job was not even on the same economic scale; it was just way too expensive to maintain and operate.

“The DFC9 can do much bigger volumes, much cheaper, much quicker.

“Time is money, and the actual cost of production is very low as well.”

The DFC9 is a hydraulic tyne machine designed to crush, rip, mix and level sheetrock that’s either exposed or submerged where rock strengths of up to 80Mpa are likely to be encountered. This process leaves the ground level and is immediately trafficable with two passes.

The 32-tonne machine essentially acts much like a giant cheese grater, peeling away rock one layer at a time up to a depth of 600 millimetres.

Adopting the DFC9 into road construction reduces the need to cart in additional crushed material or remove waste rock generally associated with traditional dozer ripping methods.

Designed to be as robust and straightforward as possible to minimise downtime and consumable costs, the more robust ground-engaging tools mean the machine can crush most rock types with minor damage to wear parts.

“It doesn’t take much to save millions [of dollars] straight up because the cost of getting the rock from a borrow pit, processing it, then carting it to the road is expensive,” Pannell said.

“Whereas this is processing the rock in-situ, meaning the carbon footprint of the entire project is substantially reduced.

“The last project we did on a haul road equated to a 35 per cent reduction in the material the client had to haul from borrow pits, resulting in significant time saved.

“The DFC9 then used this spare time to process exhausted borrow pits, creating 1000s of cubic metres of readily usable base material.”

Not only does the DFC9 prove to be economically unmatched, but it is also incredibly safe, having met all necessary safety regulations and international fabrication standards, with a team of safety consultants and quality specialists overlooking the entire build.

“We brought them in, not to design the machine, but to check on us the whole time,” Pannell said. “We have several layers of redundancy in our safety and we are very confident that each layer has resulted in a superior quality machine.”

Rocks Gone marries its constant research and development with its durability, simplicity, and cost-effectiveness design philosophy.

The result is the revolutionary, reliable and economic Dynamic Force Crusher 9.

This feature appeared in the May edition of Australian Mining.

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