3 Ways to Boost Aggregates Handling Productivity With Impact and Abrasion Resistant Steel


Aggregate suppliers play a critical role in the construction industry by supplying numerous building materials. The majority of these materials are extracted from bedrock and unconsolidated deposits.

There are a variety of ways used to remove this material, but regardless of how companies choose to process their product there remains one constant fact:

The manufacturing process of aggregate materials is grueling and places a heavy set of demands on a company’s equipment.

At every stage of manufacturing, from extraction all the way through processing, equipment is constantly subjected to demanding conditions that increase the potential for crippling damage.

Not only does the geological variability and surrounding factors play into the equation, but the equipment’s role in the process also determines whether it faces risks of abrasion, corrosion, and impact.

These forces can create drops in efficiency, costly repairs, and bring aggregate production to a grinding halt.

It’s important to make sure that you are doing everything you can to make sure that your equipment is protected and running at its highest level of performance.

Don’t let wear get the best of your operation, here are three ways to boost productivity and make sure you are not being bottlenecked by underperforming equipment.

Truck bed liners

One of the easiest places to upgrade your aggregate manufacturing operation is by installing abrasion-resistant (AR) steel on your truck bed liners.

Fighting wear in dump truck beds is a difficult process because of the high levels of impact it receives. Additionally, you want to be careful with any protective measures you take that unnecessary weight is not being taken up.

Keep in mind that without sufficient protection, the maintenance cycle will be significantly shorter and you will end up spending that money to compensate for repairs and increased downtime.

Too much protection using traditional AR plate can take up precious weight in the bed. Here’s where the beauty of using a chrome carbide plate comes in. With the help of a chrome carbide plate, you can install a 600 brinnel steel plate without adding all the unnecessary weight.

Screen Plates

Screens are used to assist in the dual-process of controlling gradation and quality.

A simple replacement of wire screens with steel screens can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of this process.

Rather than using traditional wire screens, invest in precision-cut steel screens made from a through-hardened plate like QT-PLUS, or a hard-faced, AR plate like CHROMEWELD 600.

The precise performance and the minimal amount of wear and warping compared to wire screens is undeniable and it pays for itself. This improved performance also comes with an extended wear life over the alternative.

Hopper Liners

The last area that could stand to see improvement from abrasion resistant steel is hopper liners.

Protect hoppers from impact and abrasion to protect core components and reduce the need for change-outs.

The key idea to keep in mind when you are deciding on which material to choose, is to find a material that fits the type of wear that you face: impact and/or abrasion.

The type of wear will help you select the right AR steel for the job.

There are other areas of your aggregate production operation that might benefit from increased protection against wear, but these three are simple areas that can immediately demonstrate the value
of AR steel products.

After you give these a try you might be interested in seeing what other products can help provide your equipment with maximum protection and boost productivity!