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26 October 2017

New modular solutions headline Pilot Crushtec International’s Open Day 2017

First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
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Pilot Crushtec International has launched its new Pilot Modular MAXIscalp 600.jpg
Pilot Crushtec International has launched its new Pilot Modular MAXIscalp 600
Leading crushing and screening specialist Pilot Crushtec International, the regional distributor of Metso’s aggregate equipment in southern Africa, recently used its Open Day 2017 to showcase both its in-house and Metso’s new solutions to the regional aggregate community.


The event provided an ideal platform for the regional quarrying community to view the latest equipment available, including many products making their southern African debut. The day saw the launch of several new products from both Pilot Crushtec and Metso, but it was the modular range that proved to be the main attraction of the day.

Pilot Crushtec is regarded as a pioneer of the modular solutions in southern Africa, and its prowess in this range of equipment has been restated with the launch of its Pilot Modular MAXIscalp 600, a unique modular solution designed to meet high volume scalping needs. “The scalper, designed and manufactured entirely in-house, sets new standards for simplicity and operational efficiency. Free of maintenance demands of tracks and hydraulics, as well as the escalating cost of diesel, the MAXIscalp 600 delivers a combination of high productivity and lower operating costs,” says Sandro Scherf, CEO of Pilot Crushtec International.

The MAXIscalp is said to be the world’s first modular, static scalping plant. “Being a leading supplier of mobile scalpers in southern Africa for over 20 years, we have kept a close ear to the demands of the market, leading to the development of this modular solution,” says Scherf. “Many operators do not require fully mobile scalpers and the extra costs involved can make them an unfeasible solution.”

With a heavy-duty skid-mounted structure, the MAXIscalp can still be transported with relative ease, allowing for changes in location and configuration without the extra cost of tracks and a diesel engine. This translates into reduced capital costs, as well as lower overall maintenance and operating costs of the machine.

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Adriaan Wood, vice president Distribution Aggregates Business Line at Metso.jpg
Adriaan Wood, vice president Distribution Aggregates Business Line at Metso
Meanwhile, several of Metso machines were also on display, including the three- and four-deck CVB screens, the legenadary HP 200 cone crusher and C96 jaw crusher. However, the Metso Nordplant C80 primary crushing station, a newcomer which is believed to offer greater value to end users, was the star of the show from the Metso side of offerings on show. It is said to provide an instant modular solution to all crushing requirements with an output capability in excess of 80 tonnes/hour.     


Metso’s Nordplant C80’s key benefit is that it offers the possibility to combine primary, secondary, tertiary or quaternary crushing stages. It can also tackle all material types, from hard abrasive rock to soft rock applications. The skid-mounted plant does not require costly concrete foundations, allowing for quick installation and easy plant integration. Standard components allow for quick delivery and easy assembly to get the plant up and running in a short time.

Pilot Crushtec’s Open Day 2017 event is recognised by Metso as an important feature of its international marketing calendar, hence the presence of Adrian Wood, vice president of distribution, Aggregate Business Line. This is also considering that Pilot Crushtec International was recently awarded the Best New Services Distributor at Metso’s global conference held in Tampere, Finland, in September this year.

“We currently have a global network of more than 100 distributors, of which between 20 and 25 have been appointed over the past three years. Having clinched this award after barely 16 months as a Metso distributor speaks volumes to Pilot Crushtec International’s commitment to customer satisfaction,” says Wood.

“We are exceptionally proud to have been acknowledged by our principal as the Best New Services Distributor after taking on the Metso brand towards the middle of 2016. The achievement has given us inspiration to deliver even more in 2017, and despite a shrinking economy, we are growing,” says Scherf.

“We have initiated an aftermarket team designed specifically to address customers at ground level, offering advice in production optimisation, wear and spare parts benefits, ultimately providing solutions that ensure the lowest cost per tonne. We have increased our production, parts and sales teams, which in the current economic climate, indicates that we are delivering on our customers’ expectations and creating an environment of trust and dependability,” concludes Scherf.

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