A Brief History of Cone Crusher Development

With the purpose of crushing and grinding processes to reduce the size of different mineral and rock particles for efficient use in a variety of operations, it only makes sense that the process itself should be low cost and effective. The mining process and mineral recovery are important factors in determining the best performance of the final product, and over the years, cone crushers have undergone many changes in order to increase production and without sacrificing quality.

Reducing Operating Cost Through Improved Equipment

The first cone crusher was introduced by the Symons brothers back in the 1920s, but it didn’t receive the attention that it should have at the time. As mining has changed over the years, crushers and crusher wear parts have become the primary equipment needed for mining and crushing companies around the world. Though it can be used in several other industries, it brings reliability, efficiency, low energy consumption and a high reduction ratio to the mining and crushing process. The initial design remains mostly the same, with only nine moving parts guiding the efforts of this heavy-duty machine.

Towards the late 19th century, companies began to see the benefits of crushers and it was put to use more frequently. Improvements were made, with the spring cone crusher replacing the original design as the most efficient crusher machine. However, as more people began to tinker with the equipment, the hydraulic cone was released in 1948. This version of the crusher made it possible for uncrushable materials that made their way through the crushing cavity to be released through hydraulic operations of the jaw rather than the use of springs.

In spite of the great success the crusher brought to the process, companies wanted a way to reduce wear parts and downtime for maintenance or repair. Innovation became key to improving the consistency, cost and reliability of rock crushing. Making it easier to assemble or disassemble was a key improvement, as were changes to increase gradation options and enhanced production. The Symons design was cumbersome when changing between a short head to a standard or the other way around, and the models produced later allowed these switches to occur without significant physical alterations to the machine.

Meeting Needs With Continued Evolving

Since its first debut, the cone crusher has evolved into several different pieces of equipment. Each type is uniquely suited to the materials and application of a specific company or desired outcome. The years of innovation have led to higher efficiency, a more stable structure, better economical operations and more finely-tuned margins of production.

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