Pershing County, NV — A global leader in the design and manufacture of conveyor components has helped the largest primary silver producer in North America to mitigate fugitive material and increase safety by upgrading the company’s bulk handling system. Coeur Mining, Inc. was experiencing excessive dust and spillage on the conveyor leading from the crusher to the surge pile, which lowered air quality, required five to 10 man-hours per day to clean, and caused unscheduled downtime from premature equipment failure. Martin Engineering installed a transfer point load zone using EVO Conveyor Architecture that contains dust and spillage by centering and controlling cargo, resulting in reduced maintenance, improved workplace safety and a lower cost of operation.
Coeur Rochester, located in Pershing County, NV, produced an estimated yield of 5.0 million ounces of silver and more than 50,000 ounces of gold in 2015. The massive site is spread over 10,800 acres (43.7 square kilometers), and includes a network of 20 conveyors, originally designed and installed in 1986. Given the system’s age and the amount of usage over nearly 30 years in service, company officials wanted to find ways to update the conveyors with leading-edge technology to raise efficiency, reduce dust and spillage, and contribute to improved safety.