Unicast applied a new technology to the challenge of increasing the wear life of clinker hammers at a Mexico cement plant
Unicast crusher hammer, fabricated with a metal matrix composite
Cement operation, clinker crusher
Double the lifespan of Cemex Mexico’s current clinker crusher hammers, which were being replaced every 58 days.
The crusher was outfitted with a clever Unicast creation, a hammer cast in a wear alloy steel with ceramic inserts for maximum hardness and durability.
Unicast’s hammer is on track to last at least 90 to 100 days, almost doubling the previous hammers’ wear life.
At Cemex Mexico’s cement operation near Huichapan, in the state of Hidalgo, the hammers in the Magotteaux AH1010 clinker crusher were being rotated every 58 days, costing the operation money in hammer replacements and downtime.
Unicast was enlisted in December 2018 to improve the lifespan of Cemex Mexico’s crusher hammers by at least 50 per cent.
Unicast fabricated an innovative hammer with a metal matrix composite of a wear alloy steel with a minimum hardness of 45 HRC and ceramic inserts (W1Z1). A new technology for Unicast, it has a hardness of 8 on the Mohs hardness scale and lends the hammer another level of stability and wear-resistance.
The Unicast W1Z1 hammer is expected to last at least 90 to 100 days, based on ongoing monitoring.
Thanks to Unicast’s creative thinking, its replacement hammer, cast in wear alloy steel with ceramic inserts, is well on its way to increasing the wear life of Cemex Mexico’s clinker crusher hammer by at least 50 per cent, and possibly even more.