Olsson’s Salt Block Power Unit
In 2012, CFP was contracted a manufacturing company to service a salt block press.
The product is quite unique in the sense that the salt block is a feedstock for animals and includes other ingredients such as oils, minerals and nutrients. The blocks are made in different sizes and used by farmers in the field. The main requirement for manufacturing the block is to be consistent and very hard because they are designed to be liked by the animals. If the blocks are crumbling, the animals could get too much of the nutrient. The other main aspect of the process is to achieve a high pressure for the hydraulic press. It is also required to have a very rapid cycle of operation.
Currently, there are two complete systems in production installed in 2016 and 2018. The two presses produce about 1 million blocks per year and therefore each valve will actuate about 4 million times per year. To date, only a few hydraulic components have been replaced. The “secret” is in the implementation of a hydraulic soft shift control and controlled de-pressurisation that reduces hydraulic shocks significantly and contributes to the longevity of every hydraulic component.
- Custom hydraulic unit
- SUN cartridge valves allow for ease of maintenance