Fully focused on providing innovative and ground-breaking solutions for the minerals washing industry, Terex Washing Systems has come a long way, but, as it says, it still has more to do, as Plant & Civil Engineer’s David Stokes has been finding out…
While its roots are firmly established locally in County Tyrone, Terex Washing Systems enjoys a reach that is truly globally, with more than half a century of washing experience already under its belt and a proactive Research & Development team that never stands still.
With a proud and rich history and heritage, Terex Washing Systems, as a division of Terex, was established in 2012, but its beginnings can be traced right back to before 1960 within the Finlay and Powerscreen product lines.
The Mid 60’s saw the development of the very first Washing Plants– The following decade also saw the launch of the MK1 and MK11 Rinser range, and it wasn’t long before Powerscreen & Finlay began to realise the crucial need and potential opening in the market. They knew that the natural sand & gravel supply would soon be exhausted, and with stricter building and construction specifications being written for aggregate usage, they needed to act fast.
As technology started to advance in the late 70’s, the Sand Saver Dewaterers soon phased out and were replaced by the more sophisticated and modernised Screw Recovery Dewaterers, later to be called the Trident range.
During the 1980’s, the Washing Industry had grown so much that the very first Washing Departments were set up within both companies. Demand was so strong that a whole new washing range was introduced to the market with unprecedented success.
Fast forward to 2010 when its AggWash 60 plant won an award for innovation and design, bringing together for the first time rinsing, screening, scrubbing and sand washing capabilities on a single transportable chassis. It became even clearer that a whole new separate division was needed to further build on that momentum and so, two years later, Terex Washing Systems was born.
To say that ‘the rest is history’ would be a great disservice to the company; as we mentioned, it still has a long way to go, and it has built up a highly experienced workforce – from management through to the shop floor, to continue on that journey.
Comments TWS Business Line Director Barry McMenamin: “We are blessed to still have a number of people here in the washing systems industry and the wider Terex business who can call on considerable experience and service, stretching back over 40 or 50 years.”
A case in point is Justin Donnelly, Applications Specialist with Terex Washing Systems. In 2018 , he celebrated an incredible milestone of 50 years’ service with Terex. Another long standing Terex employee, Brendan Montague remembers fondly his time spent with John Finlay fitting the first rinsing screenbox in his days as an R&D engineer.
Adds Barry: “Early on we identified that washing was a very specialist product area that needed highly trained personnel and significant resources to be invested in development with a focus on creating innovative solutions and that’s what we have been doing and will continue to do.”
Since 2012, the team at TWS has worked tirelessly not only to consolidate their award winning product range, but to expand and develop it much further to meet the ever changing needs of a growing customer base that stretches across a number of sectors in the domestic and global markets.
On Your Doorstep
With their headquarters in Ireland, they are supported by a Global Dealer Network of over 70 dealers. Whilst TWS continue to navigate through these unprecedented times, now more than ever this Global Dealer Network has been fundamental in providing local and regional on the ground support to their customers across the world. In addition they have a significant support model from local Terex footprints globally too, such as Jacques in Melbourne, Australia and Louisville in Kentucky, USA for example; and that local support backbone of their business has become ever so more important in allowing their customers to continue operations; continue installations, start-ups and commissioning; supported locally and also supported remotely from their Headquarters in Ireland with the technology at their disposal. This local support is something that sets them apart from many of their competitors.
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In aiming to go further; they have spent a number of years developing their portfolio of accompanying AquaClear water treatment solutions and products; acquiring that expertise with a relentless goal to be a single source partner for entire solutions that are perfectly balanced to match the needs of the front end-equipment, delivering those products again successfully to the market globally at scale.
Engineered Recycling Solutions
Havening completed that pioneering step, and being confident and comfortable in their ability, the recent launch of GreenLine, Engineered Recycling Solutions, simply puts together all of their years of expertise in easy to understand, tailored, packaged solutions, designed to deal with the various recycling segment materials, muck-away, trommel fines, C&D and many more, across differing capacity levels, and different levels of investment. The TWS front end processing products packaged with their back end AquaClear, Water Management Solutions, alongside the addition of some of our patented specialist units, launching in the coming months, make it the perfect time for them to simplify the wash recycling market. Coupling our equipment along with our expertise into fixed solutions for various materials from 60tph right through to 300tph, in an out-of-the-box approach, whilst maintaining the ability to easily tailor for particularly specialist applications, demystifying the seemingly complex world of wash recycling. GreenLine Engineered Recycling Solutions - From a single OEM.