Sean Kinder, Business Development Manager for Kinder Australia has discussed with Quarry Magazine the industry issues surrounding tighter regulations on noise and dust control. He believes that it’s more important than ever for quarries to revise their processes.
What innovations has Kinder introduced lately?
The excitement and interest towards Airscrape® has been exceptional ever since we introduced it to Australia. AirScrape® is a specialised conveyor sealing and skirting system which acts as a side seal, suspended over the conveyor belt. It has been proven to reduce the spill and dust formation at transfer points and other critical sections in the conveyor chain, whilst not making any contact with the conveyor belt.
What support does the company provide beyond your core products?
Kinder’s team of engineers have allowed us to go above and beyond in developing solutions to suit the needs of the market as well as customised products to suit individual customers’ requirements. We have a dedicated engineering team, as well as many of our field/projects team qualified as engineers, including myself. We have a wide variety of engineering expertise in the fields of mechanical, aeronautical, chemical and electrical/electronics engineering.
What’s one key challenge you anticipate for the quarrying industry in 2023?
Excessive dust and noise continues to challenge the industry. As well as being a significant productivity issue, the increased proximity of residential areas to quarries means that it is now more important than ever to meet the requirements of having a site that is as unobtrusive as possible, safe for workers and residents, and meeting regulations. Operating times are tighter, and this in turn effects productivity targets.
How is Kinder set out to address that?
Our dust and noise management solutions are always highly sought after by quarry operators. We have developed “The Essential Air Seal” which is a dust containment combination, and we believe this to be the absolute industry benchmark when it comes to containing dust. Incorporating our K-AllShelter® conveyor belt covers can physically contain any dust from escaping, whilst protecting the conveyed material from wind, precipitation, heat and humidity.
This article appeared in Quarry Magazine “Industry Leaders” Jan-23 Edition