More than 50 Attend Crusher College

By Joanne Ray | September 28, 2010

More than 50 people attended Crusher College recently to take advantage of a one-and-a-half day certificate-generating technical training curriculum. The class held at the Best Western Hotel in Marlboro, Mass., was dedicated to the art and science of crushing and screening hard and abrasive materials found in New England including shot rock, sand and gravel, and recycled materials. The class was sponsored by Equipment & Systems for Industry, Inc. of Hopkinton, Mass., and focused on the basics of lowering cost per ton, application, improving performance and quality of the products produced, and trouble-shooting.

The day's speakers included the following:

Jason Sopic and Jim Ewing — representatives from ESCO products — provided a detailed lecture on crusher wear parts, specifically manganese. ESCO's PowerPoint presentation demonstrated the importance of knowing how to select and purchase manganese for crushing operations.

Sam Sawant, president and founder of Innotech Solutions — a company specializing in finding hidden profits for aggregate & mining customers — provided a 90-minute discussion showcasing and highlighting ways for customers to find profit with existing older equipment. Sawant spoke of available new technologies that allow customers with certain older crushers to "turbo charge" them while increasing production at half the cost.

Bud Moore — northeast area service manager for BTI Technology — provided an in-depth program discussing the proper ways to handle and maintain pedestal and portable mounted hydraulic breakers. Moore provided the audience with the do's and don'ts when operating hydraulic breakers.

John Vendelin — application development manger for Cedarapids — gave two presentations; the first describing the proper techniques for screening when crushing aggregate products. Vendelin's second presentation included various PowerPoint slides showcasing the nomenclature and operational characteristics of roller bearing cone crushers.

Dave Terrell — districts sales manager for Mulhern Belting — provided a 60-minute overview showcasing the latest technology with conveyor belts. Terrell specifically highlighted the new technologies available for today's customers.

Christine Gibbons — environmental services manager for ETG — educated the audience with a brief synopsis on environmental rules regulated and enforced by the federal and state government. Gibbons discussed air quality, minimizing dust and differentiating portable from stationary crushing plants.

Derek Haywood — program manager for ETG — initiated the first class in what will be a series educating customers to aggregate flow — the mathematics and science to crushing effectively and profitably.

Certificates of course completion were handed out at the end of the two-day meeting.