Shifting dynamics in mobile crushing

Like any other segment of the capital equipment sector, the mobile crushing market is undergoing immense changes. Speaking to Quarrying Africa, Neil Robinson, Powerscreen product and applications manager, unpacks some of the new dynamics in this market. By Munesu Shoko.
The Titan range, which includes three models – the Titan 600, Titan 1300 and Titan 2300 – is a simplification of Powerscreen’s high-performing Warrior range.

That the mobile crushing market is evolving is no overstatement. Leading original equipment manufacturer Powerscreen has seen a growing shift particularly from traditional diesel hydraulic machines to electric and hybrid machines.

“We have also seen an increase in newer applications for our crushing and screening solutions, for example, in biomass and recycling,” says Robinson. As more and more demolition waste, for example, is being diverted from landfills and into a circular economy, recycling is becoming a large market for mobile crushing solutions.

Commenting on the drivers behind these trends, Robinson says that the increasing focus on both environmental impact and reduction of carbon footprint have played a part. “Government legislation and net zero strategies are also playing a substantial role. All our customers and users want maximum efficiency and productivity on site and for those with easy access to electric supplies, electric and hybrid machines are the answer,” he says.

Powerscreen’s Gladiator range of wheel plants.

Response to trends

In line with these trends, Powerscreen is placing a major focus on electrifying its machines, both its current range and new designs. A case in point is the 2022 launch of the Chieftain 2100XE, which has a small engine for tracking but is powered by an external power source. This sits perfectly alongside the hybrid Warrior 1400XE, Premiertrak 420E and 1000E.

“In 2020, we launched our Gladiator range of wheel plant for the North American market. Due to the success we have seen in North America, we have been developing our range of wheel plant, our Gladiator World Series, which is being launched this year – stay tuned for these exciting plants!”

In 2021, Powerscreen launched its Titan range, a new range of secondary scalping screens that provide a cost-effective solution in high volume, smaller sized, or recycling applications.

“The Titan range, which includes three models – the Titan 600, Titan 1300 and Titan 2300 – is a simplification of Powerscreen’s high-performing Warrior range, using key features that customers love about the Warrior machines and tailoring them to a different section of the market at an attractive price point,” he says.

Powerscreen crushers and screens are available exclusively from ELB Equipment in Southern Africa.

Future trends

Looking to the future, Robinson believes the market will place a huge focus on digital solutions to aid users in getting the most out of their machines. Powerscreen is continually investing and developing its Powerscreen Pulse telemetry system, which gives users a complete view of their machine in real time, such as hours worked, fuel usage and locations. The company is working on improving and developing these solutions to maximise efficiency for its dealers and customers.

“No matter where you are in the world, Pulse lets you stay on top of production by giving you accurate up to date information direct to your PC, tablet or smartphone. We have taken a lot of time to get the system to perform exactly as customers want, so that this robust platform will generate massive cost and time savings for equipment owners and operators alike,” concludes Robinson.

Powerscreen crushers are available exclusively from ELB Equipment in Southern Africa with a network of branches and dealerships that span the width and breadth of the region.

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