Exclusive distribution deal for IMS Engineering

In line with its philosophy to continuously improve its value add to its various markets, IMS has entered into an exclusive distribution deal with General Kinematics (GK), a world leader in vibratory equipment for mining, coal handling, recycling and other industries.

IMS will be exclusive distributer for GK’s products throughout Africa.

Paul Bracher, Managing Director of IMS Engineering, says that the synergies between the two companies are very strong. “IMS has always stressed the importance of providing its customers with reliable value add solutions that matches machines to their specific material. We will certainly be able to this with GK products”.

Bracher adds that GK’s products are well-suited to the challenging global economy where energy and other input costs are a major concern. “The efficiencies created by GK products will help our customers to improve total life-cycle costs – an issue which remains one of our core focuses”.

GK’s unique offering is its Two-Mass vibratory technology which refers to a style of vibratory equipment where one mass (an exciter) is used to drive a second mass (trough). The exciter mass typically contains a motor and is connected to a trough using a combination of springs. Combining the two masses and the springs, creates a responsive sub-resonant system which responds to changes in load without dampening performance.

The main advantage of the Two-Mass system is that it requires up to two-thirds less horsepower to achieve the same amount of work as a single mass (brute force) system. This reduction in horsepower significantly reduces energy consumption and related electrical costs.  Two-Mass equipment is also more cost effective to maintain, as belts, large motors, and bearings are eliminated.

One of GK’s products, its STM™ screen, has also been a significant contributor to GK’s reputation for efficient, bottom-line boosting technology. In addition to being a Two-Mass machine, it enables users to increase screening production capacity by up to 20% even when constrained by the existing space envelope of a structure. This is achieved by multiple cascading decks increasing yet maintaining the single-deck design for full visual and physical accessibility.

 There are many other significant advantages to GK’s two-mass system, including:

  • Screening energy is constant along the entire length of the screening surface.
  • Longer material retention time – 3 times longer than the conventional Brute Force Screens – this increases screening efficiency and effective de-watering of oversize material.
  • The design incorporates impact and abrasive resistant loading zones to extend service of screen panels.
  • Dynamic forces are more directly isolated
  • Sub-resonant design operation and much smaller eccentric drive forces protect the screen structure from stresses that constantly damage brute force screens. 

“We are confident that the partnership between IMS and GK will deliver favorable results to a market which is in need of an innovative solution to both extend and enhance their plant life and to considerably reduce their total cost of ownership,” concludes Bracher. 

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