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Vale inaugurated world's largest truckless mine
On 2016.12.17, Vale inaugurated world's largest mining project ever, with a production of 90 Mt/a of iron ore to be reached in 2020. S11D is a truckless mine with a total belt conveyor length of 68 km. The system replaces traditional mining trucks (OHT); 100 of them with a capacity of 240 t would have been required. Without trucks, Vale reduces fuel consumption by 80 %, and significantly reduces waste such as tires, filters and lubricants. There will be at least 50 % of greenhouse gas emissions (= 130.000 t of CO2) less per year. And 18.000 MWh/a of electricity are going to be saved.
New fast overlands in Indonesia
Two of the fastest overland conveyor belts have been commissioned in Indonesia in November 2016, running at speeds of 7,5 and 8,5 m/s. They are bringing KPC's coal from the mine to the port.
Pathbreaking belt monitoring
Nonstop conveyor belt monitoring based on X-ray technology is about to revolutionize long distance conveyor belt performance. Virtually every cubic millimeter of a conveyor belt is scrutinized. It is the perfect part of Preventive Maintenance and Industrial Internet of Things. More...
S11D truckless mine update
Some 90% of Vale's S11D truckless mine in Brazil with an investment of USD 17 billion have been completed in September. It is the largest iron ore mining project in the world.
ARPM Handbook 5
A new edition of the American Conveyor and Elevator Belt Handbook has been published. It is available at USD 225 for non-members.
New requirements in China's coal industry
Subsequent to a decree of May 2013, according to which main steel cord conveyor belts have to be equipped with a belt and splice health monitoring device, a further tightening is coming into force: As of October 2016, all belt conveyors must be equipped with a rip detection device.
China is by far the world's largest consumer of conveyor belts.
Codelco Chile has awarded the supply of the most powerful belt conveyor system for their Chuquicamata underground expansion project to Takraf Germany. It includes St 10000 conveyor belts, a new strength record.
Contitech has stopped their conveyor belt production in Volos, Greece (the factory was also known as "Imas") in March 2016. 138 employees were laid off. The inventory is for sale.
The same fate strikes their plant in Bowmanville, Canada.
Their steel cord belt plant in Brazil is for sale.
An Australian standard for the indentation rolling resistance is under development and expected to be published early 2017.
In November 2015, revision of EN DIN 12882, and in October 2015, revision of DIN 12881-1 have been released.
A new record length belt at Sasol's Impumelelo project in South Africa has been commissioned in October 2015. The single-flight conveyor is 27 km long. It is equipped with a 1200 / St 2000 7/5 belt made in China. More...
ISO 7623, published in October 2015: Steel cord conveyor belts - Cord-to-coating bond test.
Revision of DIN 22129 part 4, splicing, published in August 2015.
Revision of AS 1755
In 4Q15, Australia's current conveyor safety standard AS1755 will be superseded by a series of new standards under AS4024, where part 3611 will cover belt conveyors for bulk material handling.
Germany's Continental/ContiTech has taken over US based Veyance Technologies, effective on 30.Jan. 2015, creating world's biggest conveyor belt manufacturing group, eliminating Goodyear/Veyance from the conveyor belt market.
The new 7th edition of the CEMA handbook has adapted the calculation principle of DIN 22123.
We have added a video on so-called "man-riding", practiced in Germany.
The revised DIN 22102 for textile conveyor belts has been published in January 2014.
First standard for indentation rolling resistance of conveyor belts - DIN 22123
This first-time standard has been published in October 2012. More about IRR...
One component adhesive
A new kind of adhesive for cold splicing and repairing of conveyor belts has been launched. This one-component glue makes warehousing and dispatch easier, no activation is necessary, errors by wrong dosage of activator are eliminated, there is no vulcanization in the tin.
Draft revised standards published
E DIN 22109-1 (2013) - Solid woven textile conveyor belts for hard coal underground mining
E DIN 22109-2 (2013) - Two-ply textile conveyor belts for hard coal underground mining
E DIN 22109-4 (2013) - Two-ply textile belts for hard coal above ground use
E DIN 22110-3 (2013) - Dynamic splice test
E DIN 22121 (2013) - Textile belt splices for hard coal underground mining.
For a complete list of standards see here.
Smart conveyor belt design
A smart way to design conveyor belts as per DIN 22101 (2002 or 2011 issues) employing dynamic splice efficiency, is reducing the belt rating and bringing down overall costs. It is described in a paper called "State-of-the-art long distance conveyor belt design" published in Coal Asia Magazine.