Fine particle specialist Reynolds Soil Technologies (RST Solutions) has developed a new formula called Release-It, which reduces carry-back on mining and processing equipment.
Release-It is a non-stick agent that is sprayed onto metal surfaces to ensure complete emptying of bulk materials from equipment such as haul trucks, chutes, hoppers and conveyor belts.
Release-It has been developed by RST Solutions, an environmental specialist company that offers tailor-made mechanical equipment, engineering services and systems for carry-back reduction, dust suppression, water and sediment solutions, road stabilisation and erosion control.
RST Solutions operations and technical director David Handel said: “Release-It is easily applied to the inside of truck trays, rail cars and machinery buckets to allow all the loaded material to slide easily off the metal surface.
“By applying Release-It, an operation will dramatically reduce or eliminate carry-back with the complete emptying of bulk materials, which increases the payload size per cycle, resulting in fewer cycles per job, which adds up to a significant reduction in fuel costs, labour expenses and vehicle and machinery wear.
“Release-It is also being used to reduce the amount of clay and mud build-up on vehicle undercarriages and dramatically reduces the need for personnel to manually clean truck beds, carts and conveyor systems, which removes the potential for injuries.”
Release-It is a non-hazardous advanced film-forming release agent, which has been tested and proven to be bio-degradable, non-toxic and environmentally safe.
According to RST Solutions, one application of Release-It is effective over multiple loads. The coverage rate is dependent on the porosity of the metal, with the non-stick release agent applied using a fine manual or powered spray system.
“The spray system can be as simple as a garden sprayer or more intricate as a fully automated high-speed system,” Handel said.
“There is no negative effect on material quality, equipment or downstream processing, with users reporting improved productivity, significant decreases in maintenance costs and much greater machinery utilisation.”