Local valve manufacturing company eDART Slurry Valve Company has seen continued growth since its inception in 2006, and today employs over 60 people and boasts a strong customer base for its bespoke specialised slurry control valves for flotation plants.
According to Mike Sessions, Chief Executive Officer at eDART, the key to the company’s success has been the merging of various skills within the management team towards the common objective of proving that better level control results in greater productivity for mineral processing plants. “In the past when new plants were being built, the emphasis was on the advantages to the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of handing over the manufacture of the valves to a specialist company, resulting in easier installation and reduced commissioning times. As the market has altered in recent years the focus has changed to working more with end user mines and to initiating the idea of improved performance of existing plants through use of better level control valves.”
Seen here are some of the largest dual eDarts (600NB) made by the company.
He adds that traditionally most valve companies have generally just supplied products to their customers – selecting the most appropriate type of valve for the application. Control valve companies usually go further by selecting the most suitable sizes of valves as well.
“The knowledge eDART has acquired of our customers’ processes enables us to offer holistic solutions rather than just the valves. When this knowledge is combined with the ability to design and develop innovative engineered products, a winning formula is the result.”
To this end, the company has a projects department, which includes four project engineers with extensive process engineering and instrumentation knowledge, as well as a design department, comprised of three design engineers and a Computerised Fluid Dynamics (CFD) specialist engineer. The design and engineering department is constantly adding new valves to the company’s range, Sessions says.
“A range of poppet samplers were first to be added to the valves – coming from the need to measure in order to control. We now offer sampling systems to suit a variety of applications. We have also added other on-off and manual slurry valves to our range – the C-Tech knife gate valves and Red Roc pinch valves.”
He adds that many of eDART’s local customers from industries such as mining, oil and gas, sugar, pulp and paper are all operating at low levels of production, with the end result of smaller order books and lower margins. “The sourcing of low-tech products such as valves from the Far East, due to cheaper costs, makes competition extremely fierce, yet despite this, the eDART Slurry Valve Company continues to achieve market growth and expand in this tough climate because we manufacture products of good quality coupled with our proven expertise in providing practical long lasting solutions,” Sessions concludes.
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