WA Kaolin Conquers It’s Dust & Dirt

Updated on Monday, September 27, 2021

Mining

Client introduction:

WA Kaolin’s wholly owned Wickepin Kaolin Project is located in the farming district of Wickepin 3 hours SE of Perth in Western Australia. It was ooriginally owned by Rio Tinto.

This world-class resource at Wickepin is one of the largest known remaining premium primary resources of kaolin globally.

Kaolin is used in various applications across numerous industries including paper and plasterboard, ceramics, fibreglass, paints and coatings, plastics, rubber, pharmaceuticals and medicine, cosmetics, concrete construction materials and agriculture.

The Challenge:

WA Kaolin is ramping up its site and are in the process of constructing “The Big Shed” as the locals call it. This will house the equipment to process, dry and bag the product. This shed is massive and can be seen from a long way away against the wheat and sheep landscape. Matt Baker is leading the team of fabricators setting up this site. He contacted ASC WA Manager Ross Sheehan to demonstrate a sweeper. He requested a machine capable of keeping the shed floor clean of dirt and dust that the various vehicles bring in all day and to be able to handle the ultra-fine kaolin dust when the production starts up.

The Solution:

Ross loaded the ASC Eureka M6 sweeper on to the ASC purpose sweeper built truck from Wangara (Perth) and drove 3 hours to WA Kaolin.

Ross met with with the Kaolin staff and test drove the ASC M6 sweeper around their site.

They deliberately spread kaolin in all areas to prove the machine would work.

The M6 sweeper handled the dirt and kaolin very well with prefect pick up and 100% dust control.

Kaolin trialed other brands of sweepers on site however there was no comparison.

The Result:

Matt was sold. He considered the different power options available for the ASC M6 sweeper (Petrol, LPG, Battery, Diesel) and settled on the 36V heavy duty battery electric version.

The machine was a stocked machine at the ASC head office in Sydney.

It was ordered and dispatched to Perth within a couple of weeks. While waiting on the arrival of the M6 sweeper Matt ordered two of the ASC Eureka MEP dust free push sweepers to help keep smaller sections clean.

Following a pre delivery at the ASC Perth Warehouse Ross delivered the M6 to site and took the companies operators through the process of using the ASC M6 to its full potential.

Once of the operators (Ryan) took to the ASC M6 sweeper very quickly and had a grin all the way across his face as he took off to clean up the site.