Brazil manufacturing facility expansion increases screen media and parts production capacity
HAVER & Boecker Niagara recently expanded their manufacturing facility in Pedro Leopoldo, Brazil, allowing the company to produce 8,000 parts per month at a rate of 320 parts per day. Additionally, the company can now move its rubber production 100% in house, allowing a 60% increase in the production capacity of its signature Ty-Dura screen media and premium rubber liners while offering unrivaled quality control.
‘As Haver & Boecker Niagara’s global presence has grown, so has an interest in our innovative mineral processing products,’ said Laís Andrade, sales manager at Haver & Boecker Niagara. ‘Part of the decision to expand our Pedro Leopoldo facility was the need to move our rubber production in-house to best meet our customers’ requirements. In addition, it has allowed us to expand our R&D laboratory and testing centre. The expansion helps us to better support mineral processing operations worldwide.’
The 4,500 sq m facility allows the Haver & Boecker Niagara team to increase their screen media and parts production capacity by 15%. Additionally, the facility’s state-of-the-art laboratory tests samples of the company’s signature rubber and polyurethane materials, which offers unprecedented quality control for their materials. The laboratory’s services include abrasion, hardness, stretch, tear, and cut testing.
‘By bringing our rubber production 100% in-house, we are able to significantly increase the product quality,’ said Luís Henrique Bastos, production co-ordinator at the Brazilian facility. ‘Our mineral processing specialists recognize that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to screen media selection. That is why we work closely with each customer to understand their operation’s requirements and conduct thorough testing and analysis in our R&D centre to ensure proper selection. This attention to detail helps increase our customer’s productivity and production.’
The updated manufacturing facility also features a range of efficiency- and safety-enhancing manufacturing equipment. One such update is the sandblasting cabin, which aids in tool cleaning. The cabin offers a 40% cut in equipment cleaning costs and substantially decreases cleaning times from 24 hours to 15 minutes.
Another equipment adjustment is the sandblasting machine for metal frames. The machine decreases manufacturing costs by 79% while reducing production time by two days. The facility is also equipped with an upgraded paint shop which cuts processing times by 75% and features a powerful exhaust system to support the health and safety of Haver & Boecker Niagara technicians.