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The WL3000 project will culminate with a machine which processes 30 tonnes at a time "at the coal face". Flip Screen Australia is in discussions in many mines in Australia and around the world such as coal, iron ore, gold and bauxite, however this technology can be use in any mining operation requiring a primary separation and crushing process. There are many uses for the Flipscreen technology in mining, for example;
Flipscreen's success in the demolition industry is due to the revolutionary open barrel with no internal moving parts, enabling harsh materials such as rebar and large concrete slabs to rotate inside the drum and exit without fouling.
As in the fertiliser industry; the machines which deliver Nitropril require the product to be in its’ original “prilled” form. When this material is exposed to moisture it forms lumps and as a result of these lumps the machinery delivering the Nitropril at the blast site can fail leading to costly delays. This material can be screened at the point of loading using a Flipscreen screening bucket which can size 2 tons of Nitropril in as little as eight seconds.
Where the coal contains shale, intrusion or other contaminants, the Flipscreen can process the coal to a higher grade and therefore achieving a premium in approximately eight seconds per bucket. The WL3000 will process 30 tonnes of coal per 76 second cycle, resulting in an hourly rate of 1,410 tonnes per hour. In the case of iron ore mining where crushing is required, the WL3000 computer can be set to crush mode to break up oversized material during the process.
Millions of dollars a year are lost through the use of substandard lumpy gravel on access roads in mines. Mine managers report dump truck tyres lasting only 4000 hours where 8000 is achievable. Mechanical damage to trucks and occupational health and safety costs are acknowledged but often not addressed. The ability to work further shifts in wet conditions is lost due mostly to the make up of the mine access roads. By screening lumps from existing roads and by Flipscreening new gravel to put on the entire network; a mine can achieve massive savings in wear and tear along with faster turn around times for trucking.