THE recent introduction of the radial stacker by Industrial Conveying Australia (ICA) has seen it quickly slot into many materials handling and general bulk handling applications in the second-tier of industry.
Initially, it was multinationals in construction, mining and bulk handling responsible for the uptake of the equipment.
But now, moderate size players in the woodchipping industries, quarries, docks, factories and general bulk handling arenas are adopting the radial stacker to give more efficient stockpiling of product through the one materials handling system and executing bigger volumes of product.
By industry standards, ICA's radial stacker has a simplified design and operation to suit applications in most industries including wood chipping, mining, quarrying, rubbish, docks, fertiliser and agricultural.
The radial staker’s simplified design is critical to its lower unit cost and very short delivery time.
The system uses standard off-the-shelf components readily available in Australia and is not affected by parts delays like other systems that rely on imported parts and associated delivery delays.
Occupational health and safety factors are also very high. ICA's radial stacker has all the latest safety interlocks, pull cords, insulation switches, etc, so that the system fully interlocks.
It can be programmed not to collide with mounds because sonic detection devices stop it from crashing into stockpiles
Another key aspect is that this stacker not only travels radially, it can lower to nearly horizontal and elevate to 35º even with a 40m boom length.
Throughput can be as much as 2000tph depending on how wide a belt is fitted. Only a reasonably smooth surface is required on which to operate.
Available to work on standard truck tyres or aircraft tyres, the ICA radial stacker can be hydraulic- or electric-driven (including the belt).
A key gain for users is the aftermarket supply line that benefits productivity. Virtually all radial stackers in Australia originate from overseas companies and sourcing parts for breakdown repair can be fraught with time delays.
ICA equipment is designed and manufactured locally, and great car has gone into ensuring that absolutely everything associated with the machine comprises components readily available in Australia. For example, if anyone needs a gearbox or idler set, it can be found almost anywhere in Australia.
When a radial stacker is processing up to 2000tph, any unscheduled shutdown becomes a productivity breaker, and Australian companies have long suffered extensive delays until components are shipped from overseas.
Now this problem is solved, and ICA is a local company with a strong history in engineering/consulting so it oversees the complete lifecycle of this product with ongoing maintenance expertise.
Manufactured components used in each ICA radial stacker can vary according to customer requirements. Paint finish is also according to preference.
Size of application is unlimited as the radial stacker can be used in any mining application or stockpiling of bulky goods. Where required, it is simple to operate a series of them in a chain so that each feeds the next.