TANZANIAN MINE ORDERS PULP AND SLURRY HOSE FROM TRUCO

pulp and slurry hoseFollowing close on the completion of conveyor belting orders for use in Tanzania and Nigeria, Truco (Transvaal Rubber Company) has received a large order for the delivery of its highly-abrasive pulp and slurry hose from a mine in Tanzania.

A proven ability to meet short deadlines for shipment to destination and ongoing commitment to quality is contributing to growing the company's involvement in projects outside the borders of South Africa. The mine in Tanzania was struggling with hoses being used at its recently established in-line pressure jig plant for the re-treatment of tailings, which were not standing up to the harsh operating conditions. Truco - having recently supplied pulp and slurry hoses to similar mines in the Northern Cape and Botswana - was contacted for an alternative. An expert from the hose division specially visited the mine to identify all possible problems to arrive at the best solution. The outcome was a decision to supply pulp and slurry hose complete with the specially manufactured and highly-abrasive Trucotuff liner, which would significantly extend the life of the hose, to the mine.

Manufactured from a specially compounded material with exceptionally high impact and wet abrasion resistance, Trucotuff is a dual purpose hose liner developed for use in both slurry and large/abrasive coarse material applications. The product is also used as a lining for chutes, launders and other mining applications.

The R200 000 order consisted of 6 m lengths of 8 x 75 mm, 14 x 100 mm, 14 x 150 mm and 12 x 200 mm ID pulp and slurry hose, incorporating the Truco split flange couplings and the added benefits in terms of hose flexibility and reduced short- and long term costs.

Truco is a leader in the manufacture of robust rubber products for mining, marine and general industry. The ability to meet stringent customer specifications and solve specific problems places the company in a strong position, while customers can be assured of enhanced product life and, hence, reduced operating costs.

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