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Jul 7, 2016

Promising start for Kivikolmio’s Lokotrack® LT1213S™ impactor plant

Finland’s largest recycling crushing company focuses on prime-quality asphalt and demolition waste processing.
Lokotrack crushing at Kivikolmio site and being fed by an excavator.

"Besides the quantity, a high, constant quality is our mainstay in the recycling crushing of asphalt and concrete. Quality is what enables us to guarantee our end customers the efficient and diverse reuse of recycled materials."

This is how Mika Hiironen, Managing Director of Finland's largest recycling crusher Kivikolmio Oy, part of Kuusakoski Recycling, describes his company's operating strategy. The company offers asphalt and concrete crushing and screening contracting services using five mobile impactor plants throughout Finland.

"Our recently purchased Metso Lokotrack LT1213S has had a promising start – even better than we thought. Using this modern plant, equipped with an impact crusher and screen, we are able to meet the growing need for recycling crushing," Hiironen says.

Better transportability clinched the decision to go for a smaller model

Since 2008, Kivikolmio has used Metso's track-mounted Lokotrack LT1315 impactor plant that has crushed altogether more than two million metric tons of asphalt and concrete. The hourly recycling crushing capacity has varied between 100 and 180 tons.

According to Mika Hiironen, the plant's excellent transportability clinched the decision to downgrade to the next smaller class of Metso impactor plants:

"Despite including a screen, the LT1213S is easy to transport without having to be dismantled. The feed hopper extensions and side conveyors fold hydraulically, which makes it faster to prepare for transport. We save at least one flatbed-load per transport, which creates considerable savings during the year," Hiironen points out.

"We selected Metso as the supplier based on earlier, positive experiences. We also have confidence in the maintenance offered by the Finnish manufacturer," he adds.

Hourly capacity of first project approximately 170 tons

Kivikolmio has a multi-year agreement with NCC Industry to crush recycled asphalt at eight different locations in southern and central Finland.

The LT1213S plant's first, approximately 60,000-ton asphalt job was begun at the end of April in Nokia at the Myllypuro quarry. The initial experiences were very positive.

"We crush and screen asphalt for NCC to a grade of 0–16 mm for recycling. On the very first days we already reached an hourly capacity of about 170 tons and on the best days 2,400 tons, even though we are still in the process of fine-tuning the machine," says Hiironen.

The new Lokotrack works in closed circuit in which case the overflow from the screen – roughly one third of the material flow – is looped back into the crusher by a return conveyor. Over the first few days, fuel consumption was approximately 40 liters per hour.

The screen module of the machine is a dual-slope DS series single-deck screen with 22-mm steel mesh at the top and 20 mm steel mesh lower down.

Blow bars targets 40,000 crushed tons

Kivikolmio uses Metso's X-win-type, martensitic blow bars for recycling crushing. The goal is to crush about 40,000 tons using one set of blow bars. In the LT1213S, spacing between blow bar and breaker plate is adjusted hydraulically.

"We will gain more specific consumption and wear data as we are able to fine-tune the crusher settings. Also how abrasive the recycled asphalt is varies significantly from one worksite to another," Hiironen points out. "The objective is to use the LT1213S to crush approximately 200,000 tons this year, of which half is asphalt and half concrete. We also invest in quality when it comes to concrete. We take care of all of Rudus's concrete crushing needs that the company markets under the Betorock product name."

Tight quality control in recycled asphalt

A renovated asphalt plant was started up at NCC's Myllypuro quarry at the beginning of May, which has a capacity of 300 tons per hour. The plant supplies remix asphalt for areas requiring surfacing in the Pirkanmaa region.

Man kneeled next to a bucket where another person is shoveling aggregate to.

"We continuously monitor the quality of crushed and screened recycled asphalt. We fetch weekly samples that we analyze at our in-house laboratory in Raisio. The amount of recycled material added to a new asphalt mix varies according to the requirements of the client," says Supervisor Jouni Hakunti from NCC Industry.

*Metso Outotec was formed July 1, 2020 when Metso and Outotec merged into one company. This case study has been written prior to the merger under the old company name.

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