Spray set to solve sticky situations

August 1, 2018

Completely emptying bulk materials such as haul trucks, chutes, hoppers and conveyor belts isn’t as simple as it sounds.

In fact, it leaves open the possibility of material sticking to equipment. Clay and mud can build up on vehicle undercarriages, while the loaded material can fail to easily slide off the surface.

Poised to reduce or eliminate carry-back and material sticking to mining and processing equipment with the complete emptying of bulk materials, fine particle specialist Reynolds Soil Technologies (RST Solutions) has developed an advanced new formula called Release-It.

Three decades of extensive research and development of formulas and customised mechanical equipment for a broad range of minesite issues has equipped RST Solutions with the expertise and knowledge to provide the environmentally-friendly solution for improved material handling across a minesites total operation.

A non-stick agent sprayed onto metal surfaces, the new innovation was created to save on time and cost, according to RST Solutions Operations and Technical Director, David Handel.

“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 surfaces,” he said.

“This results in fewer cycles per job, which adds up to a significant reduction in fuel costs, labour expenses and vehicle and machinery wear.

“It also reduces 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 completely biodegradable, non-toxic and environmentally safe.

One application of Release-It is effective over multiple loads with the simple method repeated as required.

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,” Mr 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.

“Release-It is achieving exceptional results with all material types including heavy clays and asphalt, and has been proven to prevent ore from freezing to truck beds and rail wagons.”