As part of an on-going commitment to providing industry leading quality, service and reliability, Knelson recently commissioned an ABB model IRB2600ID robot supplied by ABB Robotics. The unit was commissioned in January and has quickly become a welcome member of the production team.
As part of the unveiling ceremony, Knelson held a Name the Robot Contest and the winning entry was "WADE 554" which stands for Welding And Drilling Employee. The "554" is WADE’s employee number. Kurt Knabe; Production Manager (on left in photo) announced the winner of the contest who was Chad Van Den Berg (on right in photo) who works in the Assembly Department. WADE will be used primarily in the production of high volume manufactured parts where his skill set can provide world-class quality, precision and repeatability.
So, the next time you are replacing an original wear part in your Knelson Concentrator, chances are that WADE had a "hand" in producing it!
Kurt Knabe, Production Manager (left) & Chad Van Den Berg, Assembly Department (right)
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"Introduction to Knelson concentrators was in Peak Gold Mines, Cobar NSW, where 3 30" machines were used, the first of their kind to be painted deep blue. This circuit was treating SAG discharge -2mm, and saved a lot of money in reduced cyanide consumption and improved recovery. For the last number of years, major effort has been placed in testing, designing and installing one of the world's biggest single time installations of KC-XD48, 12 in total, at PT Freeport, West Papua, Indonesia. In this circuit, the gravity circuit has been installed within the primary ball milling circuit, treating cyclone underflow. The new 70" Knelson, if available at the time of design, would have been seriously considered for installation. Look forward to having the opportunity of taking the next step and experiencing the 1000 t/hr machine, having already worked with the 2 predecessors, 48" and 30"."
- Adrian Zarantonello, Superintendent Metallurgy - Projects - PT Freeport, Indonesia
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