Areas of application for Simplex stone breaking
Excavation of swimming pools
It is not unusual to run into rock or stone when installing swimming pools in the grounds of detached houses. The intended location of the pool is often close to the house, and may be close to neighbouring properties. Since Simplex stone-breaking cartridges create next to unmeasurable vibration, expensive inspections of the surrounding properties are usually not necessary (in contrast to the case when using blasting). A further advantage of the Simplex system is that the safety distance is as low as 30 meter, and thus large safety barriers are not required when carrying out stone and rock breaking.
This makes the Simplex system eminently suitable when installing swimming pools. Many excavation companies throughout Sweden have received training in how to use the Simplex system. Employing an excavation company with personnel trained in the Simplex system means that it is only necessary to employ one company for the excavation and for the removal of stone and rock, which saves both time and money.
Cable and pipeline excavation
If you have a house or a summer cottage that is to be connected to the electricity grid and/or the water supply, requiring the excavation of a trench, you may find rock or stone obstructing the course. The advantage of the Simplex system is that more than 6000 building contractors have been trained in its use for stone and rock breaking, which means that the excavation contractor can remove any such obstacle. This makes it unnecessary to call in a blasting company, and saves both time and money.
Power Tools has several customers who are excavating basements in private homes. Simplex is also being used in several large projects. One such is the lowering of cellar floors at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
There are currently over 70,000 waste-water drains that lack approval in Sweden. When a new waste-water treatment drain is to be excavated, there is always a risk that rock or stone will be found obstructing the course. Employing an excavation company with personnel trained in the Simplex system saves both time and money.
Clearing rock and stone from building sites
Simplex does not require large safety barriers, in contrast to blasting operations. Fly rock and dust are not produced, and the noise produced by the Simplex system is very low, which makes Simplex suitable for use when breaking rocks and stone on a building site.
Splitting boulders in mines and quarries
Removing boulders and debris after blasting is an application for which the Simplex system is well-suited. The low safety distance of Simplex means that it is usually not necessary to evacuate large areas. This provides a means of removing boulders and debris in mines and quarries that is efficient, saving both time and money.
Secondary breaking in mines and opencast mines
Secondary breaking may be required after blasting. Other operations can usually continue when the Simplex system is used, and it is only necessary to evacuate from an area up to 30 metres away from the breaking site. This means that using the Simplex system often means a major saving in costs, since operations can continue without interruption.
Breaking stones in quarries or stonemason workshops
The Simplex system is a good alternative for stonemasons who need to break out stone blocks. The Simplex stone-breaking cartridges are available in several sizes, which makes it possible to break out stone blocks with minimal risk of fractures.
There are many advantages of the Simplex system in road building. It may even be the case that blasting is prohibited in certain sensitive environments, such as water catchment areas. It is possible to carry out rock and stone breaking in the immediate vicinity of national roadways without needing to close them to traffic, which is a great advantage. If operations are kept within the planned area, it is usually not necessary to inspect surrounding properties, which can save both time and money.
Clearing blockages in stone crushers and grinding mills
Blockage of a stone crusher can be easily cleared using the Simplex system. The smallest size of a Simplex cartridge is 4 grams. It is easy to break the various sizes of stone into smaller fragments and relieve the blockage.
Breaking large boulders at coarse sorting in ore passes
Simplex stone-breaking cartridges are available in sizes from 4 grams to 75 grams. All that is necessary when breaking boulders into fragments is to choose an appropriate size of cartridge.
Freed boulders in tunnels
In tunnels and in many other locations, the Simplex system has the advantage of being essentially vibration-free and an environmentally sensitive alternative to blasting. The small safety distance is another great advantage. Working in tunnels often involves working in environments that are sensitive to vibration.
Agricultural and forestry applications
Large boulders that appear in fields or when cutting ditches can be easily broken by the Simplex system into smaller fragments that are easy to handle. The system is also a great help when widening and preparing forestry roads.
Demolition of concrete structures
Another application in which the Simplex system functions excellently is the breaking up of concrete foundations, walls, cellar floors, etc.
Simplex stone-breaking cartridges are completely waterproof, and can be used under water without problems. Several Power Tools customers are diving contractors, working actively with the Simplex system.
Any stone-breaking or demolition work for which explosive may not or cannot be used
Nowadays, there is often an intense focus on the environmental impact when preparing the ground for housing estates, road construction, etc. Restrictions on noise, vibration, etc. have become more stringent. It is often possible to satisfy these restrictions by using the Simplex system, which is thus a good alternative in situations where blasting is not permitted.
When used according to the instructions, Simplex rapidly and reliably clears away rock.
The Simplex system is an extremely safe and reliable system for stone breaking and rock breaking, when used according to the training and instructions given by Power Tools.