The industry is asking for conveyors with higher capacities, lower energy costs and safer, more reliable components, along with less environmental impact. Here’s how system suppliers are meeting those requests.
Conveyor systems offer mine operators a seemingly simple solution to a perpetual problem — getting bulk material from Point A to Point B in the quickest, lowest-cost and most reliable way possible. And at the most basic level, a sufficient number of frames, pulleys, idlers and motors, and a roll of conveyor belting can be arranged to transport just about any type of mined material almost anywhere. But, as the saying goes, the devil is in the details: Simplicity and engineering elegance are not necessarily one and the same, and the frequent need to assign critical production flow to a single conveyor system can elevate the risk of high downtime costs to a level that makes faulty design, component failures or unplanned maintenance unacceptable.