Panama, February, 2015. The quarries have become allies of the construction for the extraction of raw materials, achieving more diversification along time, not only in the way of extracting the materials; but when processing the extracted.
Therefore, in Meco, we wanted to take advantage of the technology and make our raw materials to be reflected in a final product of high quality that meets market expectations, knowing that everything starts in the crushing plant.
Bique Quarry is located on the Pacific coast, in the province of Arraiján, close to Panamá City. Most of the equipment in this plant is new, and it is the largest crushing plant the company has had so far; not only for the area covered, but because of the size of the equipment. This plant was designed and planned for a production capacity of aggregates of 380m3/h.
- On the first stage, the material is shredded from the source, and is sent to a material stockpile with a capacity of around 5000m3.
- On the second stage, the material stockpile is crushed. The material is removed from this stack through a 30-meter long tunnel.
- On the third stage, the material is reprocessed and classified into finished products for marketing
- For this project at Bique Quarry, an automation system is implemented to optimize the production process and obtain a higher performance from the equipment. This is possible through the control of the whole plant from a single control house with monitors to see the entire process from a single panel.