Manufacturing 101: All about Quarry Crushers
The manufacturing industry is one of the greatest in our country. Since the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing has been one of America’s greatest strengths. The brightest engineers, builders, and system designers keep improving manufacturing processes, making us leaders in manufacturing. From the roads we drive on to get to work to the products we use in our homes every day, manufacturing got us where we are now.
Material handling can be considered a large part of the manufacturing umbrella. We need material handling to turn raw materials into useable products, and get them from point A to point B. When it comes to mining and rocks, quarry crushers help turn those bulky raw materials into things we recognize – like roads and building materials.
Keep reading for a quarry crusher 101 – a pivotal part of manufacturing and material handling:
At its most basic, a quarry or rock crusher is designed with one job in mind – to crush rocks. A quarry crusher is used outside of a mine or at a job site to reduce larger rocks, materials, or minerals into smaller pieces. Since humans started building, we’ve used rock crushers in one way or another. Early humans used larger rocks to break down smaller rocks into useable pieces for things like retention walls and even shelter building.
Modern quarry crushers are large pieces of machinery – sometimes with multi-levels of crushing power. There are quite a few different quarry crushers. Each job and material calls for a different type of crusher. For example, jaw crushers are designed for heavy mining jobs and are used to crush extremely hard materials. On the other hand, cone crushers are better suited for soft to medium hard materials, working well in sand and gravel applications.
By now, it’s clear that you’ll usually find a quarry crusher in a quarry or mine! Quarries are places where rocks and minerals are harvested to be used in a variety of applications. The same goes for mines – you’ll find things like coal and ore in mines. Oftentimes, material is harvest or even blasted from quarries and mines in very large pieces. It’s simply not practical to transport huge pieces of rock. Quarry crushers save time and money by breaking these big rocks down into easier to manage pieces.
A quarry crusher is usually one piece of machinery in a material handling system. After the rocks are harvested from the quarry or mine, they need to make their way to the crusher. Conveyor systems allow these heavy rocks to be fed from the mine and into the crusher. Then, once the rocks are compacted in the crusher’s single or double phases, they are fed out of the machine and onto another conveyor. From here, the crushed materials are often screened to separate debris from the useable product.
Once the material is broken down once, twice, even three times, the quarry crusher’s job is done. Without the crusher, clunky material would need to be transported on huge trucks from the mine to somewhere else. Lots of time and resources would need to be spent transporting huge rocks – something that just doesn’t make sense for material handling. Instead, small useable materials like gravel, salt, lime, and sand are loaded into truck and shipped from the mine.
The gravel that comes from the crusher is what ends up as a base for our roads and driveways. Also, the salt is what keeps our roads and freeways snow and ice-free in the winter months. Lime is used in building and farming applications. And sand is used in construction and even residential applications. It’s clear that without quarry crushers, we’d have a lot less materials when we need them!