Case Study: Improved Stockpile Extraction

Case Study:

Improved Stockpile Extraction, with
Minimal Downtime and Reduced
Capital Works Costs.

Location: Australia

Operation Type:  Open cut gold mine

Application: Stockpile

Equipment Solution: Transmin Low Profile Feeder

Date: Sept 2016


Issue on site:

Under the existing setup, the site was struggling to achieve sufficient extraction from the stockpile. The existing extraction method utilised conventional feeders submerged in conventional pre-cast concrete tunnels. Installing a secondary tunnel with conventional belt or apron feeder extraction and associated chutes onto a collector conveyor belt would prove expensive, not least due to the height requirement (5m plus), and would take the plant out of production for excessively long periods.  One alternative would be to use a front end loader to supplement the extraction, but this too would prove both time and labour intensive.

The Solution:

Transmin’s solution, was to utilise the Low Profile Feeder (LPF) with its low 1<m installed height advantage, and ability to incline within a single machine.  The LPF would be located in an additional precast concrete tunnel submerged under the stockpile, with an extraction slot approximately 7m long.

The LPF would act as both feeder and conveyor – extracting and carrying ore from the stockpile simultaneously on the same machine for approximately 40m towards an inclined section, where it would be deposited directly onto a conventional conveyor.

Thanks to the LPF’s ultra-low profile, the height requirement of the pre-cast tunnel sections could be brought down, and the need for additional chute-work eliminated thanks to the built-in incline section.  The end result would be a substantial reduction in civil-works.

This in turn meant installation could be completed with minimum disruption to stockpile operations. A culvert would be dug-out using excavators and the new pre-cast concrete tunnels dropped into place, allowing the stockpile to be quickly reformed and put back into full service.


The benefits of using the Low Profile Feeder include;

  • Significant improvement to stockpile extraction efficiency
  • Substantially reduced retrofitting costs – both capital equipment and civil-works, due to;
    • Ability to extract, convey and incline within a single machine
    • Eliminating the need for additional chute-work
    • Significantly reduced sub-stockpile construction requirements
  • Minimal disruption to operations – reduced civil-works means installation can be completed during normal operations

The overall result: Higher productivity at a reduced cost.

Like more information?  Visit the LPF web-page, or contact us direct:

Phil Gilbert
General Sales Manager



Apron Feeder Servicing & Parts

Apron Feeder Servicing & Parts

…At really COMPETITIVE rates.

Transmin’s service history dates back over 25 years’ with parts and servicing capability for various apron feeder models.

What’s more, Transmin is an Australian distributor of Berco chain and componentry, nationwide.  We can source, supply AND INSTALL at rates that will not be beaten!

Apron Feeder Parts Available:

  • Heavy Duty Track Chains – D3, D4, D5, D6, D7, D8, D9, D10, D11
  • Pans / Slats,
  • Sprockets,
  • Drive Motors,
  • Gearboxes,
  • All Fasteners,
  • Carry / Load Rollers,
  • Return Rollers, and
  • Seal Kits

Installations Available:

Unlike most suppliers, Transmin can handle the full install and change out of componentry.  Our team of highly trained service technicians are on hand from start to finish, at Transmin’s world-class facilities in Perth, or on-site nation-wide.

Get in touch with Transmin today and see how much we could save you on replacement apron feeder parts AND servicing:


Ian Westlake
Service Sales Manager


Transmin’s New WHSE Manager – Lyndel Quinn-Schofield

Transmin’s new WHSE Manager – Lyndel Quinn-Schofield

…and Transmin’s long-term COMMITMENT to workplace safety.

Lyndel has worked as Transmin’s WHSE Coordinator since 2012.  From the start of July 2016 however, Lyndel has been working in an expanded lead role as Transmin WHSE Manager.

Accordingly, Lyndel is the first point of contact for all matters related to WHSE, both internally and externally – including dedicated health and safety representative for all Transmin contractors and clients.

In addition to her role as WHSE Manager, Lyndel is also the main point of contact for facilities management at Transmin, including all building/yard issues and maintenance, all general equipment, and all inspections and tagging.

From Lyndel:

“In this new financial year 2016-17, Transmin will focus on the following WHSE matters;

  • Continuing our downward trend of accidents and incidents in the workplace and keeping our LTI free days record which is currently at 1441 calendar days.
  • Continuous improvement and streamlining of our safety system to make it more user-friendly.
  • Mental health and well-being in the workplace, with a strong focus on the mental health side.

On behalf of Transmin, I look forward to working with all our clients, contractors and suppliers to ensure the highest WHSE standards are delivered now and in the future.”

You can get in touch with Lyndel today at for all WHSE matters at Transmin. 

Meet the Team – Ian Westlake

Meet the Team – Ian Westlake

Transmin’s New Service Sales Manager

Please meet Transmin’s new Service Sales Manager, Ian Westlake.  Ian comes to us with a wealth of experience in the mining-resources sector, having spent 12 years specialising in servicing jaw crushers, cone crushers, screens, apron feeders, grizzly feeders and more.

Ian Westlake. Embarrassing middle names?:

Keith. I don’t know where Keith comes from because my dad is called John.  My mates call me Westie. 

So Ian, How long have you been with Transmin?:

Since 2nd May 2016.

As Service Sales Manager, what does that entail?:

Establishing business relationships with new and existing clients, creating financial growth within the service department and identifying sales opportunities.

In general, a lot of talking to clients, lots of travel, meeting new people and of course LUNCHES!!!!!!!

Where were you born and raised?:

Flixton, Manchester.  AKA, God’s country.

What are your hobbies?:

Football (soccer) – I’m a Manchester United fan actually from Manchester, and motorcycle riding.

Favourite music?:

Good old Manchester band, Oasis.

What is your proudest achievement to date at Transmin?:

Winning work from my previous employer.

What’s been your most embarrassing experience at Transmin?:

Going away on holiday and immediately coming back to work requesting sick leave. Bali. Dodgy.

Thanks Ian. Get in touch with Ian direct at  We’d love the opportunity to help you on your mechanical equipment servicing and parts.  

BERCO Chain & Componentry

BERCO Chain and Componentry…

…At Really COMPETITIVE Rates.

Transmin is a supplier of Berco chain and componentry right across Australia.  We can source, supply AND INSTALL at rates that will not be beaten!

Chain Available:

  • Heavy Duty Track Chains – D3, D4, D5, D6, D7, D8, D9, D10, D11


  • Sprockets,
  • Nuts,
  • Bolts,
  • Rollers, and
  • Seal Kits

Installations Available:

Unlike most suppliers, Transmin can handle the full install of your chain and componentry.  Our team of highly trained service technicians are on hand from start to finish. 

Get in touch with Transmin today and see how much we could save you on replacement Berco chain AND servicing. 

Apresentação & Comportas de Isolamento Transmin

Apresentação Transmin & Comportas de Isolamento

Setembro de 2016.

Olá! da Transmin

A Transmin é uma empresa completa em serviços de engenharia e fabricante de equipamentos, especializada em operações de mineração e manuseio de materiais a granel.

Para aqueles ainda não familiarizados com nome Transmin, estamos sediados na Austrália desde os últimos 30 anos e, recentemente, entramos em parceria com uma empresa brasileira local, fabricante de equipamentos, TMSA – Tecnologia em Movimentação S/A, de modo a trazer a nossa combinação de experiências e ofertas de equipamentos únicos e inovadores para o Brasil.

Em agosto deste ano a Transmin / TMSA tiveram o orgulho de anunciar a entrega para operação no site de nosso primeiro projeto de capital de larga escala no Brasil, para um dos maiores projetos de minério de ferro da história.

Comportas de Isolamento de Trabalho Pesado Transmin estão sendo utilizadas pelo nosso cliente para isolar equipamentos do fluxo de material de uma pilha de minério de ferro, britado primário, onde, tradicionalmente, válvulas de agulha ou barras circulares eram utilizados.

O investimento dedicado às Comportas Transmin é mais do que recompensado graças ao grande aumento de disponibilidade conferido à planta. A habilidade de isolar rápida e efetivamente uma pilha significa acesso rápido e seguro aos equipamentos a jusante, tanto para fins de inspeção quanto de manutenção.

Cada uma das quatro comportas idênticas da Transmin isola uma abertura de 8.400 mm x 2.400 mm, impulsionada por quatro cilindros hidráulicos, e confere um tempo total de abertura ou fechamento de aproximadamente cinco minutos – garantindo que nada a atravessa. Um painel de operação local é situado em frente à cada Comporta mas apenas uma unidade hidráulica de potência, com 75 kW, é necessária para o acionamento das quatro máquinas.

Todos seus componentes e equipamentos são de fabricação e/ou aquisição local, no Brasil.

A Transmin e a TMSA estão ansiosos para discutir seus requisitos de engenharia. Por favor, mantenham-nos informados de seus projetos futuros, teremos grande satisfação em ajudá-los.

Clique aqui para fazer o download da nossa brochura (em Português) e ver uma amostra das linhas genuínas de equipamentos Transmin. Ou contate nosso representante brasileiro, Conrado Bezerra, diretamente:

Conrado Bezerra (Belo Horizonte)

Fone: +55 (31) 3479-4000
Direto: +55 (31) 3479-4006
Celular: +55 (31) 9 8894-3641