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Jaw Crusher in Road Test: Reliable Measurement Results Under Challenging Conditions

Terex®MPS, usa


The Largest Tracked Mobile Machine

The rugged data acquisition system SomatXR guarantees reliable measurement results in harsh environments during long term tests of the jaw crusher LJ5139 from Terex®MPS.

When Terex® MPS needed a reliable and flexible system to measure stress on its range of stone crushing machines, it turned to HBM to provide a solution. As part of its ongoing research towards the development of this powerful range, HBM was asked to consult on the LJ5139, which will be the largest tracked mobile machine in its range when fully developed. 


The Challenge: Uneven Surfaces, High Impact Forces, and Dust

The issues being faced by the LJ5139 Jaw Crusher which was used in a quarry, were varying in nature. With the machine itself weighing up to 110 tonnes, the chassis is subject to high loads when tracking on uneven surfaces. In addition, the hopper and feeder receives high impact forces when large stones, with a volume of up to 1 cubic m are dropped from the excavator which is used to feed it. Moreover, the crusher itself is subject to forces of up to 8000 kN during the crushing process.

“To deal with these issues, we initially made use of Finite Element Analysis during the design process and verified the results in the field using strain gauges. Previously relying on rented equipment, we were keen to invest in our own equipment for increased flexibility.” said Ian Boast from Terex Corporation.

Furthermore, the initial equipment being hired was susceptible to noise interference from surrounding equipment. This was particularly problematic as the loadings in the crusher are often random and transient in nature which could potentially cause confusion and false results. In addition to this, the physical environment in the quarry,  which is arduous with high levels of dust, not only limits the test options on site, but also requires extra care to be undertaken with the conventional equipment being used. 

Reliable Despite Sudden Knocks and Power Failure: SomatXR

After a study of the issues faced, HBK specified its DAQ, SomatXR series, which is particularly suitable for use in harsh environments. To complement this package, HBK also suggested the SomatXR MX1615B-R module and related accessories, which included RF-9 strain gauge rosettes. Given the demanding environment, it was important to choose the correct equipment available. Often faced with wet and arduous conditions, the ability to operate reliably, despite sudden knocks, was a key consideration. When operating under such extreme conditions, it is also often hard to anticipate all of the problems that may occur, such as losing measurement data due to unforeseen events, such as a power failure.  This is a particularly relevant feature in terms of long term tests, such as those required by Terex® MPS. The SomatXR system enables data to be continuously recorded.  This means that should a failure interrupt a test, recorded data up until that point will be saved. This is particularly beneficial as it also means the system should also continue data logging automatically, after the interruption, without any need for user interaction. HBK data acquisition systems are suitable for a wide range of mobile testing applications but the immense load requirements and extreme environmental conditions surrounding Terex® MPS did present a challenge. However, thanks to HBKs extensive experience in mobile testing and demanding fields, it was able to provide a solution which offers Terex® MPS the flexibility of being able to work around available and convenient testing windows. In addition to specifying and supplying Terex® MPS with a system to meet its needs, HBK also provided engineers with training and support.


In April of 2009, the Cedarapids, Simplicity and Canica brands were brought together under the Terex MPS umbrella to carry on their rich tradition of offering comprehensive solutions. Together we provide a complete range of crushing and screening equipment to customers around the world operating in four key industries: mining, aggregates, demolition and recycling and industrial minerals. Our equipment is designed to produce the highest quality end products in processing hard and soft rock, sand and gravel, ore and industrial minerals. 

We provide Modular, Portable and Static equipment – plus full parts, service and maintenance with support you can count on, wherever you are. 

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