Superior hits the high notes with ConExpo releases

Mining processing a focus within the supplier’s extensive line-up.

Minnesota-based bulk processing and handling system supplier Superior Industries has reported success from the ConExpo-Con/Agg show held in Las Vegas in March, having introduced several new projects – two of which have both mining and aggregates customers taking notice.

The first is two new cone crushing models the company debuted – the Dakota Cone and Endeavor Cone.

The new Dakota Cone Crusher is a roller bearing design, which typically offers the most efficient use of horsepower per ton of crushed rock. Some features include a steel threaded bowl, one piece cast mainframe, a tramp relief system with fewer accumulators, and a hydraulically operated ant-spin system, which eliminates labor-intensive installation of individual gears.

Superior’s new Endeavor Cone is a spider bushing design, according to the company.

“Historically, spider bushing cones accept the largest range of feed sizes and are known for simple operation and favorable maintenance. Other features include the strongest shaft style our industry has designed to date, which is supported on a cast top and cast bottom shell; top access chamber, which is safer to access and more simple to maintain; and multiple strokes and liner configurations for increased application flexibility.”

With these two additions, Superior’s cone crushing products are now capable of high performance in primary, secondary or tertiary applications and within portable or stationary settings. Maximum feed opening is up to 18 inches (450 mm) with horsepower ranging from 200-800 (150-600 kW).

“Instead of having to make a choice, we want to offer our customers a solution,” said Superior President Jason Adams. “From one manufacturer…producers now have three cone crusher options and can pick what’s right for their application, marketplace, and crews.”

Another announcement from the show was Superior’s showcasing of its best-performing idler bearing seal, the Titanium seal, which it is calling its most modern and longest lasting.

“Several years ago, Superior’s engineers started a project to improve the manufacturer’s standard idler seal. Today, the standard idler seal is new and improved, but a premium seal design was also discovered along the way. It’s achieving supreme performance in some of the grittiest, wettest, most troublesome idler applications,” said Mary Erholtz, Superior vice president of marketing and conveying product manager.

“Design analysis for dozens of iterations were performed in our lab and some of those drafts graduated to real world settings within various quarries and pits. When we tallied the scores, it was obvious that our Titanium Seal lasted longer than any other prototype or competitor bearing seal we tested.”

Availability is optional for all of Superior’s CEMA C, D, and E steel idlers, Moxie Rolls, rubber return and impact rolls, self-aligning idlers and Urathon Return Rolls. The configuration of the Titanium Idler Bearing Seal, specially designed to reduce the penetration of fugitive moisture and fines, is patented.

While the product isn’t new, Superior said that, after three years on the market, Titanium is earning a reputation. In fact, it can improve conveyor roller service life by as much as 40% and that data is still growing.

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