This monster rock sorting machine is believed to be the biggest of its kind ever built in the UK - and was delivered on time and on budget by the South Yorkshire engineering firm that manufactured it.
The 32 tonne screen is so large it needed a police escort from Don Valley Engineering in Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, to a quarry in Hemerdon in Devon.
Jeff Buxton of DVE said it “pushed the envelope” of technology due to its design, size and weight. The giant sorter can handle more than 1,200 tonnes of rock an hour and was part of a £1.2m order for 10 screens which will be used in the extraction of tungsten and tin.
He said: “We are very proud of what we have achieved, we successfully won the order, executed the manufacture of a difficult project and delivered it on time.
“It is very good for our reputation in the industry, our order book is full and the future is bright.”
The contract employed 20 people at the 36-strong company for the best part of a year, he added. DVE currently has five vacancies.
The firm, established in 1947, held an open day before despatching the order attended by Rosie Winterton, local MP for Doncaster Central.
She said: “I am extremely proud that DVE have won this prestigious contract, which has put Doncaster on the map in terms of having built the largest screen in the UK, which is also further underlined by the importance of this very high profile project near Plymouth.
“I always like to work with local companies and the managing director and I have been discussing local recruitment and certification issues and I will work closely with the company to see if I can be of assistance, but frankly this is a pretty good company that has diversified over the years, hence its current success.
“Obviously this is because the company has not sat back with the demise of traditional industry in the local area; it has looked forward and developed key areas very successfully.
“It is quite clear that the DVE’s current success is down to innovation high quality.”