Metso has developed a solution to ease the maintenance of its Vertimill grinding mills. The new Vertimill liner lifting fixture speeds up the changing of the mill liners and makes it safer, according to the company. Metso has been testing the tool at a customer site since June and said it will be available for existing and future customers in early 2014.

The new Vertimill liner lifting fixture was designed to meet growing customer demand for a more efficient way to handle liner changing. As new, larger Vertimill grinding mills with correspondingly larger and heavier liners have caught on, the traditional method of installing the screw liners with basic lifting tools has proven difficult and unsafe.

“Our approach was to work backward from what clients need and want so our design is unique in the way that all operational constraints are considered, and will offer a flawless solution by combining Metso experience and customer feedback,” said Clive Heath, technical development manager, life cycle services for Metso Mining and Construction.

“Providing added value for our customers through continual optimization of current practices is one of our main goals. This new method of VTM liner replacement is just one of those examples where Metso has developed an innovative solution to help its customers succeed,” said Simon Pelletier, senior vice president of life cycle services.