CDE doubles capacity for its new Combo X900

CDE Combo X900

The X900 is the latest addition to CDE’s range of Combo all-in-one wet processing and water management solutions.  

With an increased capacity of 500 ton per hour (tph), the new Combo X900 is the largest in the series to date.

 As well, the new Combo has been specifically engineered for materials processors in North America and Latin America.

“With our new Combo X900, we’ve doubled its capacity and created a next-gen solution for materials processors across North America and Latin America,” said Kevin Vallelly, Director of Engineering at CDE.

“The Combo X900 can process 500 tons per hour of feed material, including natural sand and crushed rock, containing unwanted clay, silt and other organic contaminants to extract quality in-spec washed and graded sand products that are market-ready straight from the belts.”

Alongside its increased capacity, the control cabin of the new Combo X900 has been repositioned to sit on top of the water tank, a design decision Vallelly explained is directly influenced by the North and Latin American markets.

“In these regions, plant and machinery are subject to major temperature extremes and fluctuations,” he said. 

“By positioning the control cabin on top of the water tank, we’re able to better protect the operational heart of the plant and offer a solution that can be adopted throughout both North America and Latin America where high and low temperature extremes are recorded.”

Combo AquaCycle

While traditional washing systems typically have a separate standalone water tank, the new Combo X900 has integrated this into the design of the AquaCycle thickener tank resulting in a peripheral wall for water storage, which has significantly reduced the overall footprint.

The design provides customers with near total independence of water supply and minimizes the requirements for site engineering, due to its significantly smaller footprint which is, on average, 30 per cent smaller than other traditional wash plant setups.

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“Traditional washing systems would typically consume up to 15 times more water than that required for the Combo X900,” Vallelly said.

“Our best-in-class water management and on-board water recycling minimizes costly water consumption and ensures up to 90 per cent of process water is recycled for immediate recirculation through the closed-circuit system.” 

With a single chassis design, the Combo X900 incorporates all processes – washing, dewatering, water recycling and stockpiling – onto one single, interconnected and pre-assembled unit.

“The Combo X900 enables materials processors to wash more than 500 tph with only 800 gallons per minute, about the same amount of water that would be required to wash a truck,” Vallelly added.  

A plug-and-play system, the X900 arrives on site pre-wired and pre-tested, ready to process material within just five days as a standalone plant or as part of a larger turnkey solution.

By 2050, it’s anticipated that nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas. With this comes increasing demand on sand – which accounts for about 35 per cent of the concrete mix – to support construction and infrastructure.

“The urbanization challenge requires a technological and sustainable solution,” Vallelly said. “In North America, demand for sand and gravel is over 1.1 billion tons, including the 980 million tons in the US and 173 million tons in Canada. In South America, including Mexico, the value of imported sand is estimated to be over US$86.1 million.”

The Combo X900 offers a solution to the challenge of growing urbanization in North America and Latin America.

The single chassis design means the Combo X900 is portable and can be rapidly deployed or relocated to remote locations with minimal foundations and pipework. Coupled with its small footprint, the Combo X900 is also ideal for compact quarries in urban settings.

 “The Combo X900 maximizes resource yield from natural sand and crushed rock feed, adding huge commercial value and minimizing waste, and it ensures not one grain of value is lost to settling ponds,” Vallelly said. 

“We’re supporting our customers to extend the life of their quarries through more efficient and sustainable technologies by extracting value in the form of manufactured sand from what was previously categorized as a ‘waste’ by-product, by ensuring maximum product yield from resources, and by boosting profitability through highly efficient processes.”