Whitney and Son Holds Educational Aggregate Schools

Attendees picked up skills that can go a long way in the industry.

📅   Wed April 10, 2013 - Northeast Edition
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Whitney and Son Salesman Doug Baker (C) leads a group of students through the assembly of a cone crusher countershaft box.
Whitney and Son Salesman Doug Baker (C) leads a group of students through the assembly of a cone crusher countershaft box.
Whitney and Son Salesman Doug Baker (C) leads a group of students through the assembly of a cone crusher countershaft box. (L-R): John Magnuson and Jeremy Castelli of New England Materials; Mike Vacciti of Aggregate Industries; Jamie Zisk; and Anthony Williams and Clay Newton of Century Aggregates discuss the assembly of the cone crusher clamp ring. Jamie Zisk (L) and Tim Allard (R) of Benevento Sand and Stone discuss the socket liner from an HP300 cone crusher while John Magnuson (2nd from L) and Jeremy Castelli look. Jamie Zisk (front) and Anthony Williams (R) of Century Aggregates peek inside the lube oil tank from an HP400. Doug Baker (L) and Dave Peters (C) of Tilcon CT discuss the installation of the socket on an HP300 while Jason Howd (R) and the rest of the crew from the Oldcastle Materials Group look on. Deister Machine’s Service Manager Scott Murphy (R) demonstrates bearing removal. Scott Murphy leads one of the five groups through a Deister Machine Company presentation. Attendees arrive at the Whitney and Son campus for one of the nine full day programs. Jamie Zisk and Dave Wentworth hold court from inside an HP300 cone crusher. Doug Baker (L) and L E Weed’s Al Phillips discuss cone crusher countershaft box bushings. (L-R): Tim Belanger and Andy Deveno of John S Lane and Mike Frank and Kim Buker of Ambrose Brothers inspect the assembly of a cone crusher countershaft box. Doug Baker (2nd from L) discusses the function of the cone crusher oil cooler with (L-R) Metso Mineral’s Eric Bjornson; Baker; Tim Belanger, John S Lane; Kim Buker, Ambrose Brothers; Dan Trzpis and Andy Deveno, John S Lane; Mike Frank, Ambrose Broth Bruce McDonald (L) and Russ Sanderson of R J McDonald attended the LT105 class. Whitney and Son Service Manager Jamie Zisk (C) explains jaw crusher flywheels to his group of guests. Jamie Zisk (top L) reviews the jaw crusher toggle area with the group from Associated Building Wreckers. Jamie Zisk (R) demonstrates cone crusher clamp ring assembly to (L-R) Anthony Williams of Century Aggregates, and Tim Allard and Doug Pilcher of Benevento Sand and Stone.

Whitney and Son held educational sessions Feb. 5 and 6 that focused specifically on the proper operation, maintenance and repair of the Metso models LT105 and LT106 portable tracked crushers. A Metso cone crusher school was held Feb. 12 to 15.

During the course of these training sessions, operators, owners and maintenance staff of contractors and aggregate producers who own these machines learned all functions of them from top to bottom, including setup, operation, repairs, cause and effect.

Some aspects of the training were done in a classroom setting using a PowerPoint presentation and then participants were taken to various stations set up throughout the Whitney facility where they were given hands-on training with actual Metso portable jaw crushers.

“We had a similar event two years ago and the response was overwhelming,” said Whitney and Son’s Jason Whitney. “This year, we expanded the school to include Metso cone crushers and a third school where we focused on Deister screens.”

The Deister screening school was held on Feb. 19, 20 and 21.

According to Charlie Jones, general manager of Whitney and Son, “Our goal is to give our customers the opportunity to be well equipped to deal with any situation that may develop in the field on their own whenever possible. The school teaches detailed information about the maintenance and upkeep of the crushers, along with the intricacies of the lubrication and hydraulic systems. We spend a lot of time talking about cause and effect so that the operators understand the limitations of these machines and proper operating procedures, and what will happen if those boundaries are pushed.

“We are very proud of our service people,” Jones added. “We feel strongly that we have the best trained technicians available and one of the things that we stress to our technicians is that we don’t like secrets. To whatever extent possible we want our end users to understand the machines that we sell just as well as our technicians. Our customers have made a major investment in this equipment. Downtime is incredibly expensive, so whenever possible we want our customer to be able to handle any situation that arises, and these schools are the perfect opportunity to achieve our goals.”

Whitney and Son is a family-owned New England company, founded in 1964 as Whitney Associates by Nason Whitney. Whitney and Son currently operates on a five-acre facility in Fitchburg, Mass., that boasts three buildings and 38,000 sq. ft. under roof.