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Large order for mobile crushers and screens received from Japan

Sandvik Japan has recently delivered the first heavy mobile crushers in over 20 years to one of their best and most loyal customers in Japan - the Tochigi based Showa Corporation. Part of the renowned Fujisaco group, the Showa Corporation has been a Sandvik customer for five years, purchasing a variety of Sandvik drill-rigs, breakers and medium range mobile crushers and screens. Now they are also Sandvik's first customer in Japan for the acclaimed U-440 range of tracked crushers.

Large order for mobile crushers and screens received from Japan

Mr. Yamanoi, the owner of the Showa Corporation, is one of the biggest quarry owners in Japan with a total of ten different sites, and employing over 500 people. Although he has been a loyal customer of Sandvik's for the last five years, he has now chosen to work in partnership with Sandvik using the processing power of Sandvik's highly productive U-range of mobile crushers. This range of larger mobile equipment was chosen by Mr. Yamanoi because of its proven high performance, and ability to deliver a consistent high quality end product. As Mr. Yamanoi, and his companies, possess a reputation as being some of the most forward thinking and innovative concerns in Japanese quarrying, the processing power of the Sandvik U-range of tracked crushers have provided the Showa Corporation with the perfect solution for their stringent crushing requirements.

Discussions between the Showa Corporation and Sandvik began in late Autumn 2011 when Hiroshi Kezuka, Sandvik Regional Product Line Manager for mobile crushers and screens, together with Peter Delbrant, Sandvik Product Line Manager for the U-range crushers, met with Mr. Yamanoi. As a result of this meeting Mr. Yamanoi placed an initial order for eight mobile crushing and screening units. The order comprised of two sets of equipment each consisting of an UJ440i jaw and US440i cone crusher complete with hanging screens, plus an UH440i cone and QA450 triple deck screener.

Large order for mobile crushers and screens received from Japan

A key piece of equipment to the successful operation of each crushing and screening train is the UJ440i jaw crusher. This state of the art machine maximizes production through its class leading feed opening, which coupled with a hydraulic close side setting enables rapid changes through push button operation, further enhanced by integral intelligent operation. The HD crusher utilized on the UJ440i is capable of handling any type of hard rock, in any climate including the most extreme weather conditions when fitted with an optional engine pre-heater. Quick set-up time combined with site-to-site transportability, are integral design features that ensure the unit is able to rapidly process materials in any location. Both crusher and unit are manufactured to the highest quality, utilizing Sandvik components, meaning that the number of spare and wear parts that need to be stocked is minimized due to the inherent consistency of manufacture. Trouble free and safe operation is ensured due to automatic and continuous monitoring of the production process, by the in-built intelligence control system.

The Sandvik UH440i and US440i tracked cone crushers, making up the other key components of the two production units, are proving to be the perfect choice for the Showa Corporation due to their high flexibility. As fully mobile secondary crushing units they are providing a rapid return on investment through their high productivity and low operational costs. Like the jaw unit fitted to the UJ440i, the cone on both these crushers is able to handle any type of hard rock material, in virtually any climatic conditions, due to its high quality construction using only the highest quality components. This is providing the Showa Corporation with trouble free and optimal production, which is ensured by on board high level Intelligence, thereby enabling minimal set up time through the unit's sequential start with memorized application data. This precision crusher is further equipped with automatic setting regulation, Sandvik ASRi, and in combination with the unique CLP crushing chamber provides excellent versatility.

One of the keys to both Showa's high productivity and efficiency has been the cone unit's automatic setting system, ASRi, which further optimizes cone crusher efficiency, and automatically adapts the crusher to variations in feed conditions. By continuously measuring and compensating for crusher liner wear, ASRi allows for optimal utilization of crusher liners, and schedule liner replacements to coincide with planned maintenance stops. The ASRi also assists in keeping the crusher choke fed in order to maximize rock-on-rock crushing, which helps ensure the highest quality end product.

The Sandvik U-440 tracked crushers are currently used in two crushing trains to specifically produce aggregate for concrete production. The first production unit concentrates on producing a 20-5mm limestone product, whilst the second produces both a 20-5mm and 5-0mm product from a hard sand stone and andesite. Both crushing trains are reportedly operating at high throughput, and producing superb product shape. In addition to this, smaller members of the Sandvik mobile crushing and screening range, in the form of the QJ340 jaw crusher, QA140 screener and QE330 scalper, are used for special size production at various points of the sites, whilst the QJ240 jaw crusher is utilized to crush concrete for recycling and reuse. These latter elements further provide the Showa Corporation with enhanced operational flexibility whenever and wherever it is needed.

Large order for mobile crushers and screens received from Japan As aftermarket care is key to Sandvik's operational ethos, and thus ensuring that the Showa Corporation would be able to get the very best from their investment, four people were invited from the Showa Corporation to come to Europe as guests of Peter Delbrant. Initially they undertook service training in England, and then proceeded to the Svedala factory in Sweden, in order to learn more about the Sandvik heavy range of equipment, as well as to see heavy units operating in the field. So as to capitalize on the successful trip to Europe, Peter Delbrant recently ran a further course in Japan. This has undoubtedly paid off as Mr. Yamanoi has recently placed a third order with Sandvik that not only comprises of two additional QA440 screens and a US440i crusher, but also two members of the "super-heavy" range of mobiles – UJ540 jaw and UH640 cone respectively.

The order from the Showa Corporation is the first step in introducing the Sandvik U-range of larger, heavy duty mobile crushing and screening equipment to Japan, and seeks to build on the excellent work already undertaken in expanding the market for the Q-range of crushing and screening equipment. All units in the Sandvik U and Q ranges of mobile crushers and screens provide customer-focused solutions for large and small operations within the construction and aggregates industries. Although perfectly capable of operating independently, they are also able to work in conjunction with each other, thereby supplying the Showa Corporation with two fully functional screening and crushing trains.

For further information, please contact:

Melissa Baker
Marketing Communications, Mobile Crushers and Screens
Tel: +44 (0)1283 212121 
E-mail: melissa.baker@sandvik.com

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