Belt Conveyors for Movement of Bulk Materials...

Belt Conveyors for Movement of Bulk Materials The development of belt conveyors, capable of transporting virtually any bulk material at thousands of tons per hour in a continuous and uniform stream, has been one of the most important innovations for the modern industry especially for the steel and mining industry. Today the use of belt conveyors is an important and broadly accepted means of long distance transport of bulk materials. Belt conveyors have been in use for decades to transport bulk and unit loads. They have proved their worth everywhere because belt conveyor installations can be adapted to meet nearly all local conditions. They have attained a dominant position in transporting bulk materials because of inherent advantages such as their economy and safety of operation, reliability, versatility, and practically unlimited ranges of capacities. In addition, they are suitable for performing numerous processing functions in addition to their normal purpose of providing a continuous flow of material between two operations. Recently, their conformity to environmental requirements has provided a further incentive for selection of belt conveyors over other means of transportation. Low labour and low energy requirements are fundamental with belt conveyors as compared with other means of transportation. The dramatic increase in the operating costs of other means of transport since the oil crisis of the seventies has placed conveyors in an extremely favourable position for applications that were not considered previously. Belt conveying as a means of handling bulk materials has been greatly advanced and today it has assumed dominance in the steel and the mining industries. The increased dependence of these industries on belt conveyors is primarily because of the fact that they have had ‘everything going for them’. Demands of the steel and mining industries have been calling for ever higher...