Torr Works Quarry
is one of Aggregate Industries’ largest quarries in the UK. At the time we assisted the site, Torr Works Quarry was producing approximately 5.6million tonnes of aggregate products a year. This was filling 50 mega trains a week with 30 wagons on each train. Considering the size and output of the site, it meant that even a small of amount of production downtime could result in vast financial losses.
The quarry was suffering with moisture in the airlines in numerous places at the site. For instance, the pneumatic hand tools and plasma cutting machine in the workshop were receiving extensive damage from liquid water in the compressed air lines. As a result, pneumatic hand tools would have to be frequently replaced along with various components like the tips from the plasma cutting machines. This was resulting in unnecessary equipment wastage, avoidable costs, and production downtime.
In the winter months, issues with moisture would intensify and cause further problems at the site because the liquid water would freeze causing ice blockages in the lines which proved difficult to rectify because the addition of antifreeze lube oil (to get rid of the ice blockage) adds yet another damaging liquid to the lines.