Cabot has introduced a new reinforced elastomer composite specifically for mining applications. The Transfinity XD7050 is beneficial for mineral processing plants as it increases the life of rubber components.
The XD7050 elastomer composite reduces the maintenance cost and downtime, and improves output by increasing the life of the parts used in the plant. Components manufactured with this material are highly resistant to abrasion. They have a longer life and are also resistant to chipping, tearing, cutting, and wet erosion.
The Transfinity elastomer composites are manufactured using elastomer latex and reinforcing particles. Carbon black and other such particles are used for the reinforcement. When other curing agents are added, the composite material can be used for producing shaped elastic parts through molding, vulcanization and extrusion processes.
Trials conducted with the Transfinity XD7050 material have demonstrated improvements of over 20% to 100% in durability. The composite material is suitable for a wide range of mining applications that include grinding mills, cyclones, chute liners, conveyor belts, dry screens, trammels and slurry pumps.
For adding carbon black or other such reinforcing agents, Cabot employs a patented technology that involves using a liquid phase mixing method. Conventionally, dry phase mixing is used for the process. Liquid phase mixing enables a higher level of dispersion of the reinforcing agent, which leads to composites that are comparatively stronger than those manufactured using conventional mixing processes.
The business manager for Cabot Elastomer Composites, Russell Coverley, stated that the improvements in productivity and performance achieved through Transfinity XD7050 material will lead to higher returns and profits for mine operators.