Weir Minerals Linatex Launches a Powerhouse of Hose Options


Preformed hose bend, wear indicator system, enhanced cut end hose system

Gallatin, TN - November 21, 2011 - Weir Minerals Linatex, a business unit within The Weir Group PLC, announces the release of two new products and one new product enhancement. These product launches provide Weir Minerals Linatex with a new competitive advantage not enjoyed by other hose manufacturers.

"The introduction of these new hose offerings proves that Weir Minerals Linatex is positioned to be the manufacturing leader in the hand-built hose market. Our products are simply better-performing, and provide advantages not offered by the competition," says Andrew Philp, VP Comminution Product Marketing at Weir Minerals. "Plus, relative to the competition our products are competitively priced."

Preformed hose bend

Intended as a replacement for hard walled pipe bends in slurry transfer pipelines, the Linatex® preformed hose bend provides a significant wear life improvement over standard metal pipe, especially when abrasion wear and vibration are issues. The premium Linatex® tube provides long lasting wear resistance in a rubber compound for wet slurry applications. This resilient rubber absorbs the energy from moving slurry and returns to its original form whilst dampening vibrations. Linatex® hose bends are stocked in 4" to 16" IDs in both 45⁰ and 90⁰ 3D radii.

Wear indicator system

The Linatex® wear indicator system provides a solution to many of the traditional issues surrounding the maintenance of hose in highly abrasive environments. It provides 24 hour-a-day monitoring and peace of mind.

By installing the Linatex® wear indicator system you will avoid the need for physical inspections and costly emergency maintenance downtime. Unexpected hose failures that can cause environmental spills, and health and safety incidents, will be substantially reduced.

Unlike other wear indication systems which only check for a break in the wire (continuity) to detect a go/no-go hose failure point, the Linatex® wear indicator system senses a change in resistance as measured by ohms - such precision measurement provides for more accurate results.

The Linatex® wear indicator system is a revolutionary early warning system for hose that handles highly abrasive materials.

Linatex® cut end hose and couplings

Weir Minerals Linatex has enhanced its previous cut end hose by increasing the standard working pressure to 150 PSI. Weir Minerals Linatex has also established a new coupling vendor to provide better aesthetics and performance in its reusable lightweight aluminium flanged couplings.

The Linatex® cut end hose system continues to provide an exceptionally abrasion resistant slurry hose designed to provide fast and easy on-site assembly, minimizing downtime and maintenance costs.

For more information about the Linatex® cut end hose system, preformed hose bend, and wear indicator system, visit: www.weirminerals.com

CONTACTS

Paula Russell

North America Hose Product Manager

Weir Minerals Linatex

D +1 615.230.2237

Lori Masters (press only)

Marketing Communications Manager

Weir Minerals North America

D +1 651.262.3137

About The Weir Group PLC

The Weir Group PLC comprises three specialist divisions, each with closely aligned independently successful companies and leading brand name products in their own sectors. Employing, in total, more than 13,000 people worldwide, each division is focused on meeting the needs of customers in chosen key sectors of mining and minerals processing, oil and gas exploration and refining and power generation. The success of Weir, throughout its history stretching back to its foundations in Scotland in 1871, has been founded on the ability to deliver engineering solutions that improve the quality, safety and value of its customers' activities. Today, this pedigree is demonstrated through skilled people and the exceptional new products the Group is bringing to market.

For further information about The Weir Group PLC and its businesses, visit www.weir.co.uk

About Weir Minerals

Weir Minerals employs nearly 3,000 worldwide delivering end-to-end solutions for all mining, dewatering, transportation, milling, processing and waste management activities. Weir Minerals has an advanced product range incorporating market leading brands (such as Warman® centrifugal slurry pumps, Geho® PD slurry pumps, Linatex® rubber products, Vulco® wear resistant linings, Cavex® hydrocyclones, Floway® Pumps vertical turbine pumps, Isogate® slurry valves, Multiflo® mine dewatering pumps, Hazleton® specialty slurry pumps, and Lewis® Pumps vertical chemical pumps) covering virtually any application, in any environment. The Weir Minerals global network ensures they are close to their customer wherever they may base their local operations.

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