Citing “pressures still facing the mining industry to reduce operating costs and enhance productivity,” thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions and Siemens have decided to extend their collaboration in the mining sector for another five years.

“Conveying technology must keep up with the complex requirements of the modern mining industry. We want to continue offering our customers reliable and highly efficient conveyor systems,” said Jens Michael Wegmann, chairman of the management board of thyssenkrupp’s Industrial Solutions business area. “It is only possible to optimize modern mechatronic belt drive systems like this by working in close cooperation with a partner because the mechanics and the motor form a self-contained unit. That’s why we are carrying on the tried and tested cooperation with Siemens,” Wegmann continued.

Siemens“We are happy to be able to keep on supporting thyssenkrupp with our time-proven direct-drive systems featuring Sinamics cycloconverters and rugged synchronous motors, which have undergone continuous further development in recent years,” said Jürgen Brandes, CEO of the Siemens Process Industries and Drives Division.

The two companies noted they have successfully implemented a number of joint projects in recent years. thyssenkrupp provided the conveyor system for Xstrata Copper in the Antapaccay and Las Bambas copper mines in Peru; and Siemens provided thyssenkrupp with the direct drive for the world’s largest conveyor belt. That belt conveyor system is being erected in the Peruvian Cuajone mine belonging to Southern Copper Corp.

[Editor’s note: See “thyssenkrupp’s Skip Way System Offers an Alternative to Conventional Truck Haulage,” p. 32, for a detailed description of the company’s latest conveyor concept.]