ICD have been pleased to attend an open day to view TOMRA’s newly constructed turn-key ore sorting facility undergoing testing before being shipped off to their mining client.

ICD carried out the Mechanical, Structural and Electrical & Instrumentation design for TOMRA’s ore sorting facility, the largest produced by the Australian operation, which has been produced to sort through millions of tonnes of already mined material. This material was previously considered waste, however through TOMRA’s ore sorting technology, a viable product can be extracted for sale.

ICD’s designers were faced with a unique challenge in designing the complicated facility from little more than a sketch, design needing to comply with European Standards along with being able to withstand tropical winds and seismic loads, be modular enough to be packed and transported in 40ft containers, and taken from concept to complete detailed design all within 20 weeks.

The 90m-long facility runs through a series of ore bins, feeders, screens and conveyors before reaching the final ore sorting machines, where material will be sorted at over 100 tonnes per hour.

Trevor Walker, General Manager at ICD Asia Pacific said of the project: “ICD’s engineers and designers have shown their professionalism and experience in meeting the challenges arising during the delivery of this project. ICD have been excited to apply our 50 years expertise in this unique materials handling project and we look forward to continuing to work with TOMRA in the future.”

Anthony Sacca, Managing Director Australia for TOMRA Sorting Pty Ltd said: “This ore sorting facility has been a challenge for all involved. We thank ICD for their contribution which allowed TOMRA to complete the project in time for FAT testing prior to sending to site.”

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