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Metroplex Sand & Gravel, USA

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A modular wash plant set up including the M4500, AggMax logwasher, AquaCycle thickener and EvoWash sand washing plant in Fort Worth, Texas

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While visiting ConExpo, Las Vegas in 2014, Metroplex Sand & Gravel based in Fort Worth, Texas was introduced to CDE Global.

They also visited the CDE Demonstration Event held at GS Materials in Candor, North Carolina a few months later that year, where CDE has a 300tph turnkey wash plant installed so they could see the equipment in operation, watching all the process and the final products. “We were introduced to CDE at ConExpo in Las Vegas. Shortly thereafter, a member of our team visited the GS Materials Plant in North Carolina. We were immediately impressed by the plant’s ability to manage gradation and silt cuts - producing golf course spec sand the first pass. With conventional classifying equipment and sand screws this is difficult to say the least” said Keith Newell, President of Metroplex Sand & Gravel.


Metroplex Sand & Gravel demo days

At ConExpo, CDE launched the new modular washing plant, the M4500 to the global market and the CDE technical specialists concluded that this new modular plant would be the main piece for the project to be commissioned and installed at Metroplex Sand & Gravel in Fort Worth, along with a selection of equipment from CDE portfolio to meet the finished product requirements.

The new product launched, M4500, consists of a modular wash plant which has a maximum feed capacity of 450 tons per hour via direct feed and integrates a feed system, aggregate screening, sand washing and stockpiling on a single chassis allowing for rapid deployment on site, while also minimizing the space required to accommodate the plant. And when required, the plant also accepts crushed material directly to the feed boot from a transfer conveyor.

In 2015, CDE concluded the project and installed the 5 machines at the pit operated by Metroplex Sand & Gravel, the M4500 modular wash plant, the AggMax portable logwasher, the Counter Flow Classification Unit (CFCU), EvoWash fines recovery unit and the AquaCycle thickener.

“The modularity and relatively small foot print of the M4500 is an obvious plus and the time it has all taken to come together has been shorter than we would have thought possible” says Keith Newell of Metroplex.

“The quality of equipment design and the strength of its manufacturing are truly remarkable as well, as is the precision with which the plant fits together. Perhaps most important, the AquaCycle thickener greatly diminishes our freshwater requirements. Our current plant requires 6,000 GPM; the M4500 – although it uses approximately 2,600 GPM – requires only 300 GPM of new water.”, says Keith Newell


Drone video of sand & gravel wash plant

CDE Global was able to alleviate or improve on the various issues associated with the customer’s former plant. The primary goals detailed by the customer were to produce in-spec finished products in a single pass, reduce environmental footprint through lower water consumption, and perform all functions in a smaller footprint with lower operating heights. CDE Global checked off all these boxes for the customer and more. As with all CDE installations the Metroplex project was delivered according to the CDE project management system – ProMan.

This is another benefit of the CDE approach according to Keith Newell. “The design phase, engineering, and installation – the professionalism and expertise of CDE’s personnel clearly matches the quality of their equipment. For example, I couldn’t help but smile when Joe Owens – one of their most experienced installation engineers - having worked six hard days last week – slapped me on the back and stated “Good Stuff” on the idea of working Sundays.”

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