Blastcrete Equipment LLC develops Mine Mate; efficient, low profile shotcrete pumping machine
Published by Stephanie Roker,
Global Mining Review,
Blastcrete Equipment LLC's innovative Mine Mate machine mixes and pumps concrete for underground mine sealing and stabilisation, grouting and various other shotcrete applications. The Mine Mate enhances safety in underground mining and tunnelling applications and is a convenient solution when ready-mix concrete is not an option. Featuring Blastcrete’s X-10 ultra high pressure swing-tube pump, the Mine Mate is a highly productive and reliable machine that’s also easy to operate and maintain.
Blastcrete developed the Mine Mate to serve customers who need a machine to apply shotcrete in underground coal applications. The unit uses a wet-mix shotcrete process, which minimises dust emissions and improves visibility. This provides a safer alternative to dry shotcrete, particularly for underground use. Operators can use the compact Mine Mate within a 4 ft ceiling.
The Mine Mate includes Blastcrete’s X-10 3 in., high pressure swing-tube pump and a high-shear continuous mixer. The unit can mix and pump 12 yards3/hr and handle aggregate up to 3/8 in. dia. Offering the highest piston face pressure in the industry at 2200 psi, the swing-tube pump can move material in excess of 500 ft, horizontally and vertically. Additionally, the hydraulic pump can run in reverse to eliminate line pressure from the delivery line should a hose plug.
Unlike competitive swing-tube pumps, the X-10 provides easy access for cleaning and maintenance. The pump’s receiving hopper swings out to give users quick cleanup and maintenance. Four heavy-duty bolts hold the flat pack so it can quickly and easily be replaced.
Blastcrete offers the Mine Mate with a V3600, 66 hp Kubota water-cooled diesel engine or 50 hp electric motor with starter and disconnect. The machine can also be equipped with a material screw conveyor with a bin indicator for charging the continuous mixer.
The Mine Mate’s X-10 is CE Certified, meeting European Union safety standards for equipment operation. To accommodate even the most unique and challenging underground applications, Blastcrete offers the option to customise the machine to suit any end-user’s specific needs.
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