In addition to high capacity, new conveyors are being engineered for safety and spillage
By Steve Fiscor, Editor
Belt conveyor systems are one of the most cost-effective methods of transporting bulk materials. The limitations for these systems are the rise and the run. The length and the difference in elevation either add to the power requirements or the complexity of the braking system.
Traditional belt conveyors are designed in flights, a set of shorter straight runs, with transfer points. Each flight requires belting, hardware and a drive, and each transfer needs chute work and the steel supports to redirect the flow. Erecting a conveyor in a straight line at a manageable grade usually meant considerable earthwork. Today’s engineering firms are challenging those conventions and designing high-capacity systems that can navigate curves and undulations over long distances.
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