Making Fines or Making Money

January 24, 2021

Monitor waste product with Trimble LOADRITE belt scales

Crushing creates saleable aggregate, but it also produces a lot of by-product too small to be saleable. It can be a moving target with batch modes, and a range of other changing conditions. Some producers have millions of tons of fines sitting in their pits.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) estimates that at least 175 million tons of quarry by-products are being generated each year, mostly from crushed stone production operations.

By monitoring fines production, your operations team can make adjustments to reduce waste and sell as much as possible of the material through the plant. Trimble LOADRITE scales makes this easier with virtual belt scales. Simple math means that tons through the primary crusher, less product over each belt equals waste.

Trimble has a range of conveyor belt scales to help any operation monitor production.

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