Mines and metal refiners typically operate uninterrupted 24/7. Thus, machines and equipment are required to have high operational reliability and long-term support from the manufacturer to maintain operational reliability.
Lahti Precision has managed to establish itself as the preferred supplier of weighing technology among demanding Nordic operators in the field. We have also been active in terms of new entrants to the industry, investing, for example, in the development of different types of solutions for the needs of the battery metal industry.
In most cases, our customer is an industrial end-user in the field, but very typically also a supplier of, for example, conveyor systems. The latter setup provides a genuine win-win situation for all parties. Let’s take an example of the process of transferring raw materials for the metallurgical industry.
- The end customer chooses a cost-effective, reliable conveyor supplier who takes overall responsibility for the system towards the end customer.
- The conveyor supplier knows that they are confident in mastering the design, manufacture and commissioning of conveyors. On the other hand, they also know from experience that weighing matters should be entrusted to a real expert in the field.
- Lahti Precision’s experts talk to the conveyor supplier’s engineers. An accurate situational picture is created of what kind of belt scale with roll lengths, angles or weighing technical details should be offered. In this case, the belt scale is a fraction of the cost of the total investment, so compromise solutions with reduced accuracy and life cycle costs are not a real option.
In the picture, belt scales supplied to the mining industry
The needs of metal refiners vary greatly depending on what metals or their precursors are being manufactured. The production of steel is quite straightforward production of large tonnage. When manufacturing less common processed metal products, the production process includes a wider range of intermediate stages and sub-processes.
The processing of raw materials required in these often also requires the use of big bag unloading or filling stations. As a dosing technique, silo weighing, weigh belt feeders, screws, vibrators or Loss-In-Weight feeders can be used as needed. Different technologies have their own advantages and limitations, which is why it is worth discussing dosing issues of bulk materials with experts in the weighing industry.
In the picture, a big bag station supplied for nickel dosing
Fluency in the mining and metal industry with digital weighing service
The mScales weighing service developed by Lahti Precision is the first of its kind in the world. The user volume of the service has doubled from year to year, and the service is being actively developed to meet the diversifying customer needs. The mScales weighing service enables unprecedented business benefits for our customers and can be combined with all kinds of scales, regardless of the original manufacturer.
mScales dramatically improves the efficiency of industrial weighing as critical mass-based data flows are automated. A secure and reliable system that operates in the cloud scales effortlessly according to the customer’s needs.
A company operating in the mining industry benefits from the use of the service, for example, when using wheel loaders, dumper or vehicle scales, belt scales or silo weighing. Occupational safety is also improved as processes are automated.
Weighing information is automatically directed to the right place for the right people to use with the easy-to-use mScales service
The best result with the help of an experienced specialist
In addition to digitalization and new solutions supporting the green transition, Lahti Precision will continue to develop actively in the areas of industrial weighing and bulk material dosing. The best result is typically achieved when we get to work with the customer or an engineering company to define the optimal process and the best ways to carry out weighing or dosing. We therefore encourage you to feel free to contact our experts.
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