Trelleborg’s fluid handling operation has supplied the world’s largest underground iron ore mine with its Performer Ceramic hoses. Standing up to harsh grinding and comminution processes, the Performer Ceramic hoses are still performing after one year, significantly lengthening the quarterly maintenance cycle required previously.
Ludovic Dumoulin, Market Segment Manager for industrial hoses within Trelleborg’s fluid handling operation, says: “Keeping production at the extraordinary pace required in today’s mines means that each link in the processing chain has to be extraordinarily strong. The Performer Ceramic hose offers extended life and is 60% lighter.”
In addition, installation of the Performer Ceramic hose is easier. The hose can be cut in the same way as an ordinary rubber hose without using a ceramic saw, while Bloc-End couplings provide simple fitment. Special diamond-shaped tiles have a bending radius tighter than a rubber hose at just 200 mm for a 50 mm hose and 1,300 mm for a 200 mm hose, which is roughly one-fifth of the space required by a conventional solution.
The unique Performer Ceramic hose patented design is 92% ceramic with an embedded steel helix. Its operating temperature range is between -30°C and +70°C.
Courtesy of Trelleborg.