SETTING up plant at mines represents a considerable expense, particularly in remote areas and for companies with several mining sites, but STEINERT Australia provides an ideal solution to this issue with its mobile mining sensor sorting equipment. The mobile series allows for precise mining sensor sorting anywhere a power source and fairly level ground can be found.

The mobile modules are connected together as ‘plug and play’ units which enable rapid commissioning at mine sites and processing operations.

Integrated pneumatic supply and optional power supply enable efficient and productive operation in remote locations.

The mobile system is transported by sea and/or truck and the containers holding all of the necessary sorting equipment are provided with appropriate lashing points.

The mobile sorting system is accommodated in three 40-foot containers and, therefore, transported by three semi-trailers. Included are all of the components required for handling, transport, operation and maintenance, including:

  • Conveyor technology;
  • Container/steelwork;
  • Hopper outlet trough;
  • Air-conditioning of the supply compartment;
  • Electrical engineering - power supply;
  • Compressed air supply;
  • Platform/conveyor technology; and
  • Storage compartment - spare parts and handling.

The new mobile sensor sorting equipment represents an important new addition to STEINERT Australia’s extensive range of magnetic separation and sensor sorting solutions in various industry applications.

“STEINERT Australia is very excited to be now offering truly mobile sensor sorting solutions into the mining industry,” STEINERT Australia managing director David Armstrong said. “Innovative sensor sorter technologies can offer clients the ability to improve their productivity in a cost effective and environmentally conscious manner.

“Combined with our mobile containerized solution that requires minimum infrastructure expenditure, the unit can be commissioned within hours of being delivered. This will enable customers to generate increased profitability with a quick return on investment.

“We are also proud to announce an expanded and restructured manufacturing facility in Melbourne where our new sensor sorting test machines will allow customers to easily and quickly witness test work performed locally,” he said. “This will allow us to demonstrate how this technology performs and hence offer value added solutions to customer’s processes. Our team is in the business of helping our clients make money.”

STEINERT Australia has been serving the magnetic separation and sorting needs of mining and industry in the Asia Pacific for more than 10 years.

It was formed in 2004 when long-established German manufacturer STEINERT Elektromagnetbau GmbH purchased another magnetic separation company, Australia’s Sturton Gill Engineering.

This business, founded in 1968 by Peter and Joan Sturton-Gill, was known for its range of magnetic products, primarily for the coal industry, including overhead suspension magnets, pulleys and magnetic drums. It also introduced the armour-clad ‘Durabelt’, which is still used on STEINERT magnets.

Mining application experience was the strength of Sturton Gill Engineering, which is what caught the eye of STEINERT, wishing to add a mining technical centre to its product mix.

Founded in 1889 in Cologne, Germany, STEINERT Elektromagnetbau manufactures magnetic separation equipment. It was established as a family company and there are documents dating back more than 100 years testifying to the pioneering achievements of founder Ferdinand Steinert. In 1931 Julius Christian Buchholz acquired the Ferdinand STEINERT Elektromagnetische Aufbereitungsanlagen company and the Buchholz family are still proud owners.

STEINERT has been a pioneer in recovery solutions from the beginning - constantly inventing, researching and developing in the pursuit of being a global leader in separation and sorting technologies.

When STEINERT acquired Sturton-Gill in 2004, it marked an important step towards establishing a worldwide customer network as STEINERT Sturton-Gill Magnetics (SSGM). Continuous research and development of existing products as well as introduction of new innovations became the strength of the company and SSGM was the hub for mining applications within the STEINERT Group.

In 2009 the SSGM tag was dropped and a new name - STEINERT Australia – was adopted. Staying true to the same principles of both companies, the company has continued to grow and is one of the leading magnet manufacturers and suppliers of sensor sorting in the Asia-Pacific.

In 2009 STEINERT launched its x-ray sorting capabilities into the mining, waste and recycling markets. In this era of emphasis on improved productivity, machines such as induction sorting systems, colour sorting systems, x-ray sorting systems and combinations of these are being recognized as future solutions for the economic success of various industries recovering important resources.

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