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Starclean belt cleaners save cement producer 500 hours a year

A maintenance manager strives for efficiency at a leading UK cement works near London. He knows about cement production after working in the industry for nine years before serving as the plant’s maintenance manager where he looks after its equipment and maintenance team. But there was a nagging problem that made optimum production and smooth maintenance an elusive pipedream.   Carryback and cleaning challenge He needed to reduce the amount of time that was spent cleaning underneath the plant’s conveyors.…

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MHEA Announces Changes

Following a review of the activities of the association the MHEA announces changes to the Secretariat and the Vice-Presidency. The Materials Handling Engineers Association has appointed a new Vice-President, James Bullock, who will hold the post for the next two years. James, who has been a member of the MHEA’s Executive Committee for several years, took up the role following the announcement of changes to the secretariat. He takes over the reins from outgoing Vice-President, Linda White, who has held…

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Dust controlled imports for the new agri-hub at the Port of Rosyth – the first SAMSON ecological hopper in the UK arrives for commissioning

The Port of Rosyth welcomed their new SAMSON ecological hopper into the port for commissioning. The hopper is the first of its kind in the UK and will be a key component of the port’s new agri-bulk hub facility for Cefetra. Forth Ports owns and manages eight commercial ports across the UK including the Port of Rosyth which is strategically located for road and rail and provides an important connection with mainland Europe and the UK. The Port of Rosyth…

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PRODUCTIVITY INCREASES AT PURFLEET

Situated right next to the River Thames, Hanson’s Purfleet Works manufactures and supplies GGBS (Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag) to the South East of England, the South Coast and East Anglia. It can produce 1 million tonnes of GGBS per year. The facilities at Purfleet include two closed circuit ball mills and a vertical roller mill that require a consistency of raw material feed. As part of an ongoing investment programme at Purfleet, Hanson commissioned Fairport Engineering to undertake the…

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FAIRPORT and CEMEX: THE STORY CONTINUES

Founded in Mexico in 1906, CEMEX has grown from a small regional player to one of the world’s top companies in the global cement industry. A significant part of this development was the acquisition of RMC in 2005 and today CEMEX is one of the five major cement manufacturers in the UK, operating from three sites – Rugby, South Ferriby and Tilbury. Fairport’s involvement with major cement projects after years of installing minor projects actually started at Rugby in 1998…

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June visit to the Port of Tilbury: sign up now

The MHEA has its next site visit on Thursday 13 June. Visiting the Port of Tilbury (London), the event will provide a fascinating insight into the workings of London’s major port. To reserve your place, please contact secretary@mhea.co.uk or by calling her on 01787 226995. MHEA site visits provide invaluable access for members to the inside story of some of the UK’s most hard to access facilities.  The visit to Tilbury, which is one of eight ports owned by Forth…

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Meet the MHEA in Northern Ireland success bodes well for BULKEX 2019

The Materials Handling Engineers Association has held a successful Meet the MHEA for bulk handling companies in Northern Ireland.  Exhibitors and guests alike had a profitable and interesting morning, networking, discussing business and sharing ideas; all said it created an exciting preliminary before BULKEX in October. Northern Ireland is the epicentre of the world’s manufacturers of crushing, screening, washing and concrete batching technologies. The MHEA organised the free networking event to meet local businesses and professionals involved in the industry. …

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Roy Dobson 1954-2019

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Roy Dobson passed away suddenly on Tuesday the 30th of April while working at his desk at home. Roy was extremely well known throughout the many industries we work in but in particular the mining and quarrying sectors having obtained a BSc. (Hons) in Minerals Engineering from the University of Birmingham and then going on to work for Matthew Hall Ortech, Kennedy and Donkin and since 1995 Fairport Engineering. Roy…

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MHEA Awards now open for entries

The Materials Handling Engineers Association has announced its Excellence Awards are now open. Taking place on the evening of 16 October at Eastwood Hall Hotel, Nottingham, during BULKEX 2019, the Excellence Awards showcase the very best that the bulk materials handling industry has to offer. Entry is free and Awards Entry packs can be accessed through the MHEA website www.mhea.co.uk. With five categories to consider, the Excellence Awards are an essential part of the calendar and a real opportunity for…

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British Steel Site Visit 20.03.19

On Wednesday 20th March 2019 21 members of the MHEA met for a tour of the British Steel site. British Steel provided an excellent presentation and after members were invited on a tour around the site. Members were able to visit the coal handling plant; observe coke oven batteries pushing coke from safe vantage point; visit ore prep plant observe ore blending operation stacker reclaimer; visit caster operation, witness cast steel bloom discharge and handling; visit Rail and Section mill…

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