Ask The LiNX – Pile Building

Dear LiNX,

Our plant has been in operation now for many years. Over time our quarry has gotten less uniform, and it keeps getting harder to make a uniform homogenization pile. It’s making my head hurt. What can we do?

Yu Li – China


Dear Yu Li,

I know what you mean. This is a problem that is growing all over the world. Processes that were once rock solid are now varying all over the place. Pass rates are down because of it and that costs real money.

The best way to improve uniformity is to stop guessing about the chemistry of your pile and to know it. An on line analyzer allows you to know the chemistry of your pile in near real time, in time to take action to improve the quality of the pile. As you see limestone variation, you can adjust your quarry feed to compensate, or even supply additives to get the precise chemistry you need.

On line analyzers are the best way of solving this problem is the best way, but there is a lot to know. Quarry maps are essential but are not reliable enough. You need to be able to react to changes as they happen. Our founders have been working on how this is done for decades. This experience is built into every X1-LiNX. Our software and user interface was developed at sites with users, so we know that it will do what you want. More importantly, we made it easy to modify so that you can make it your own.

Crushers can be inconsistent. Truck feeds can vary. This means that belt loading can vary as well. The founders have been hard at work here too, with state of the art nucleonics and calibration software that make the analyzer more forgiving of changes here than ever.

SABIA’s quest for better performance, better value, and better customer experience pays off for customer who are looking to improve their pile. Together you and I can reduce the process variability that is causing you this headache.