Metso, the Finnish manufacturer of equipment for mining, aggregates, recycling and oil and gas applications, announced that the capacity of its Tampere, Finland, factories will be increased with the addition of a new production line for the company’s Lokotrack mobile crushing plants.
An investment of approximately €1 million euros will significantly shorten the delivery times of equipment models put into line assembly production, the company said. The construction work for the new line will start during the summer, and the first new Lokotrack equipment is scheduled to come off the line in the first quarter of 2018.
The Lokotrack Urban series, targeted for use in densely populated areas, was launched in the spring. Powered by a Caterpillar diesel engine, the new machine is designed to simplify crushing operations while at the same time significantly reduce noise and dust emissions.
The Speedline 1 assembly line currently in use at Metso’s Tampere factory produces one Compact series mobile crusher weighing about 50 tonnes each shift. The new Speedline 2 line will increase the theoretical capacity by more than 30%, the company said. In the future, motors will also be assembled next to the new Speedline 2 so that all components to be installed in Lokotrack equipment will be in the same hall, Metso said.
“The delivery times of equipment models implemented on a line assembly method instead of today’s fixed assembly method will be significantly reduced,” said Juha Erkkilä, the project manager in charge. “At the same time, we will release plenty of space for assembling the largest crusher and Lokotrack models in fixed assembly locations.”
“Due to the increasing demand for track-mounted mobile crushing plants, heavier and more complex models, such as the LT120, LT300HP/GP and LT220D will also be manufactured on Speedline 2 in addition to the current large volume models, such as the LT106 and LT1213.”
The manufacture of Lokotrack crushers has been concentrated to Metso’s Tampere factories, with additional production in India and China.