Founded in 1949, South African company, IMS Engineering (IMS), is a leading comminution and separation / sorting technology provider. It focuses on end product requirements and provides optimal crushing solutions from concept to design through to end of plant.
IMS offers its customers an extensive range of application specific comminution solutions adapted to suit international mining and materials-processing conditions. One of the keys to its considerable success has been its use of its extensive process and engineering expertise for each application, integrating products into the plant and then providing on-going process optimisation to lower the cost of ownership. These applications include crushing, briquetting and compaction, separation and sorting feeders, drying, recycling and tube-cleaning systems.
Through its philosophy of ‘Machines Matched to Material’, IMS rapidly grew in the minerals market as customers benefited from improved recovery of product and reliable plant operations. The in-depth knowledge and experiences of its staff has developed not only through the design and commissioning of plant, but also through practical hands on experience with operating plants. IMS has completed more than 600 installations in the mining and minerals processing, construction materials (aggregate, sand, clay and limestone) and recycling (concrete, rubble and scrap metal) segments. IMS’s installed base has an extensive and growing footprint. Apart from the South African region, the company has installations in South America and Australasia, with expansion planned into other regions.
IMS has distribution agreements with many of the world’s leading comminution technology providers including Kawasaki, Koeppern, Minpro, Taprogge, Steinert and of course, Hazemag, which is the majority shareholder in IMS.
IMS has built a redoubtable reputation for excellent after sales service with dedicated assembly and product support facilities, including specialist technicians who are available for any on-site requirements on a 24 hour call-out basis.
IMS continues to invest in South Africa and has recently purchased new facilities next door to their offices in Derrick Road, Spartan. This represents a major step forward in its ability to service customers with increased workshop and warehouse facilities. In addition, a state of the art test plant has been installed and will provide one of the most comprehensive crushing and sorting test facilities in Southern Africa.
IMS’s modern facility located at 10 Derrick Street, Spartan combines a Service Centre, Warehouse, Engineering, Sales, Marketing and Administration functions and a fully functional Training Centre.
Also housed at Derrick Street is the Crushing Test Plant, which includes a comprehensive range of crushers and HPGR equipment as well as the Separation and Sensor Sorting Test Plant which includes an X-Ray Sorter, Induction Sorter, Colour Sorter / 3D Sorter and Upcurrent Classifier.
Our involvement in the comminution industry started in 1962 when we became the southern African licensees of Hazemag for their range of horizontal shaft impactors, hammer mills, roll crushers as well as MinPro feeder breakers, horizontal jaw crushers and related equipment.
In the late 80’s, IMS decided to develop further into comminution and in 1991 we entered into a license agreement with the Crushing Plant Division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), Japan. They have since merged with their major competition in the domestic market, the Crushing Department of Kobe Steel, to form EarthTechnica Company Limited or ETCL, a 100% subsidiary of KHI. Their range of comminution equipment includes primary and secondary gyratory crushers, cone crushers, jaw crushers (including specialised preferential jaw crushers) and specialised horizontal ball and rod mills.
In late 2004, IMS identified changes in the field of comminution whereby an interesting technology, the High Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGR) offers substantial metallurgical and other operational benefits in various fields. We identified with the potential benefits of the technology and entered into co-operation with the German company, Koeppern, for their HPGR technology as well as their briquetting and compaction ranges of equipment.
In 2010, IMS extended their range to include separation. The separation / sorting technology of Steinert, ranges from traditional magnetic separation to state of the art sensor sorting machines using eddy current, optical (cameras) and X-Ray sensors or a combination thereof for the separation of materials and minerals. Based on the practical experience we have with a number of plants supplied to the minerals processing industry in Southern Africa, we are of the opinion that this technology holds great promise for the minerals processing fraternity.
2012 saw the inclusion of the allmineral range of products into the IMS stable, including jigging machines, fluidized bed seperators, air pulsed jigging machines and magnetic seperators. allmineral is a world-renowned specialist in the preparation of gravel, sand, coal, slag and ore.