Omega Crushing and Screening to make first Hillhead appearance

The Northern Ireland-based manufacturer will be exhibiting a model from their range of plug-in, dual power, electric-drive jaw crushers on Stand C22 at Hillhead 2022...

Hailing from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland’s ‘home of crushing and screening’, Omega Crushing and Screening has developed a range of plug-in, dual power, electric-drive jaw crushers which deliver reliability, fuel savings and low/zero-emissions operation. The company will be exhibiting at Hillhead for the first time when the show takes place at Hillhead Quarry, Buxton, Derbyshire .

Omega Crushing and Screening is among a number of companies exhibiting at the show with Invest NI, Northern Ireland’s regional business development agency operated by the Department for the Economy.

With other manufacturers now offering diesel-electric hybrid machines, Omega Crushing and Screening has chosen to take the next step in this direction and make its offering fully electric. The crushers can be plugged into the power grid and run without any diesel power input. Alternatively, when an external power source is not available, the wheeled and tracked models have a dual-power option. This means the machines can run off an onboard 220 kVa powerpack with a Stage V/Tier 4- Deutz engine.

Static plant on display

Taking pride of place on the stand will be the J1065S –the static model from Omega’s jaw crusher range. The J1065S consists of the J1065 jaw crusher fitted in a modular assembly which includes a vibrating feeder with a stepped grizzly section and galvanised walkways and handrails. The J1065S is suited to applications such as municipal recycling and C&D waste recycling, or can be used as part of a quarry or mining installation. The plant can even be set up inside a building, thanks to its ability to run emission-free on mains power.

Omega’s machines all use the J1065 single toggle jaw crusher unit. The J1065 has a large feed opening of 1,000 x 650 mm (39.4 x 25.6”). It is driven by a 90 kW (121 hp) electric motor and uses a simple drawback tensioning system. Some other noteworthy points are the heavy-duty shaft installed with premium bearings, the large jaw ejector cylinder, and the bolted mainframe, which provides strength and durability. The crusher achieves an output of approximately 200 tonnes (220 tons) per hour.

Commenting on the announcement, Omega Crushing and Screening Sales Director Colin Daly said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit our product to our home market. The J1065S static electric jaw crusher offers various benefits to users in sectors from recycling to quarrying, including emissions-free operation, reduced fuel costs, and the ability to run at maximum efficiency in any climate. Hillhead will provide an excellent opportunity for Omega Crushing and Screening to show the strengths of our crusher range to the industry.”

Aine Kelly, Omega Marketing Manager said, “We are very excited to be exhibiting at Hillhead, having not had many opportunities to meet our customers face-to-face over the last two years. The UK and Irish markets are very interesting for us, and we are looking forward to meeting many new and existing customers.”

Simple design

Omega Crushing and Screening was founded by its three current directors, Colin Daly, Anthony Carlin and Robert Douglas. Sales Director Colin Daly has spent 25 years in the industry selling  crushing and screening equipment. Technical Support Director Anthony Carlin and Production Director Robert Douglas both gained an in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of the equipment through many years spent in service roles in the field. The team also operates Northern Crusher Spares, a provider of spare parts to the crushing and screening industry that ships components worldwide.

The Omega project was conceived when the team became aware of an interest in the market for a more simply-designed machine which contained fewer complex electronic and hydraulic components, and which would be straightforward to both operate and maintain.

While the Omega machines themselves are powered by either the mains electrical supply or an on-board generator, all of their main components are also electrically driven, such as the head and tail drums of the conveyors and the motors that run the feeders.

Anthony Carlin, Technical Support Director, elaborates on the crusher’s simple design. “Many quarry machines today have become very high-tech, whereas the user often wants a simple, user-friendly machine. The control panel is very straightforward – there are no parameters or PLCs that you need to look at. It also uses a three-phase electrical system which is quite easy for electricians to work on. We have also done away with the complicated hydraulic toggle tensioning system on the crusher and gone back to the single drawback rod tensioning system. This, combined with hydraulic wedge adjustment makes it simple and reliable”, he says.

The Omega range

In addition to the static J1065S,the Omega range also currently includes the J1065M – an easily transportable, wheeled model; and the J1065T – a tracked machine.

  • The wheeled J1065M delivers the benefit of being easily transported from one site to the next. With transport dimensions of 12.16 m (39’ 10”) long and 2.55 m (8’ 5”) wide and a weight of 32,000 kg (70,548 lbs), it can be transported like a normal trailer, without the need for a permit.
  • The most recent addition to the lineup is the J1065T tracked crusher. Weighing in at 30,000 kg (66,139 lbs), the J1065T features a 3.8 m3 hydraulic folding, Hardox-lined hopper and a 900 mm (35.4”) discharge conveyor and a 600 mm (23.6”) fines conveyor. The main conveyor can be raised and lowered hydraulically for rebar clearance and is also fitted with an overband magnet separator.

The introduction of a second crusher unit model is scheduled for late 2022. Based on the same design as the J1065, the J1275 will have a larger 1,200 x 750 mm (47.2”x 29.5”) jaw opening, a more powerful 110 kW (148 hp) drive motor, and will be part of a machine weighing 48 tonnes.

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