Latest News

man in factory floor amc

Chemical handling – A conveying system for AMC Drilling Optimisation

AMC Drilling Optimisation (AMC) develops, manufactures and supplies a comprehensive range of quality drilling fluid and speciality products to mining, water well, HDD, CBM, civil construction and tunnelling industries worldwide. AMC forms part of the Imdex Group, a leading mining technology company delivering technologies to the global minerals industry.


Process requirements for chemical handling

AMC Drilling Optimisation has been partnering with Floveyor to provide effective chemical handling conveying systems for a range of challenging materials since 2005. The relationship began when AMC expanded their operations and needed to automate their labour-intensive manual handling processes for loading a variety of challenging materials into a ribbon blender and transferring blended product to a Form, Fill and Seal (FFS) machine.


AMC process a number of hygroscopic and flow resistant drilling fluid materials individually and in mixes. Conveying systems that promote flow, prevent separation and minimise dust are essential to their operations. As chemical engineering innovators constantly developing new drilling fluids, AMC also needed access to top quality materials testing to determine the single most appropriate conveying system for their ever-increasing list of new and challenging materials.



A chemical handling conveying system to stand the test of time

AMC had an existing mobile Floveyor aero-mechanical conveyor to feed raw materials into the ribbon blender. The conveyor was then wheeled into position to feed the FFS machine.


Floveyor drew on sixty plus years of experience moving thousands of materials in all manner of industries to customise a conveying system for AMC’s demanding product repertoire.  AMC operates six Floveyor conveyors and two screw feeders in their Western Australian site. Two further Floveyor conveyors are operational in their Queensland facility. A further mobile Floveyor conveyor installed continues to operate as a bulk bag and sack tip system.


Floveyor’s fully enclosed aero-mechanical design provide the ideal solution for conveying hazardous powdered and granular chemicals. The distinctive attributes of our chemical handling conveyor systems minimise hazardous dust build up, flow resistance and issues with incomplete batch transfer in bulk chemicals handling.


Floveyor’s adaptable conveying system enables multi-material capability

Floveyor’s distinctive capacity to adapt quickly and easily to new materials has kept pace with AMC Drilling Optimisation’s rapidly expanding operational scale and product diversity.


In the course of our 19-year partnership with AMC, we’ve tested each of their new powders and formulas for drilling fluid and customised their Floveyor units to bring these products into full production with minimum fuss and maximum speed.


Modular design provides ease of use for operator

We like to give the last word to the person who matters most, our satisfied customer at AMC, Manufacturing and Logistics’ Manager, Barry Skilton.


“I started my career with AMC Drilling Optimisation at the Jandakot facility in 1997 and have been heavily involved in the selection, testing and operation of all materials handling equipment from new product developments by AMC to the full production scale up.


Working with such a huge range of powders for drilling fluid over many years has been a challenge to the Floveyor units but with the correct operation and understanding it has handled everything that has been put through it.


The increase in production and the various configurations meant we have had to adjust, lengthen and modify the units over the years, this was very easy to do with the modular design and simplicity of build and maintenance.”

Floveyor chemical conveying solution for AMC

Floveyor F3 conveyors for AMC Drilling Optimisation