BEUMER Group: U-shape conveyor for more efficiency and sustainability in port terminals

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Powerful with little space

The U-shape conveyor of BEUMER Group enables an environmentally friendly and efficient operation in port terminals. It allows the implementation of more narrow curve radii than a troughed belt conveyor and higher mass flows than a pipe conveyor with an extremely dust-free transport. U-shape conveyors are therefore a safe investment, which can be easily integrated in an existing infrastructure.

The demand for bulk goods such as grain or fertiliser is increasing world-wide. And even the demand for coal is increasing, at least in the short term, but probably decreasing in the long term. This means that bulk terminals at ports are in a constant state of flux. In order to handle these volumes efficiently, port terminals must be able to expand again and again. This means that operators are faced with the challenge of integrating new storage areas, which are not always located in the immediate vicinity of the port. Trucks are often used for transport. They can be used flexibly depending on demand. However, the environmental impact and the operating costs for maintenance and fuel, for example, are significant. The more material that needs to be transported, the more trips are required.

An ecological and environmentally friendly alternative to truck transport is represented by the belt conveying systems. Owners can automate processes and thus relieve personnel from manual work. This solution also reduces the consumption of energy. A further advantage is that a belt conveyor enables the transport of very different materials to and from the port. At this regard, BEUMER Group offers different solutions depending on the application. The troughed belt conveyors allow high mass flows even in case of heavy and robust materials. Their open design makes them suitable for coarse materials and very large volumes. The pipe conveyors on the contrary present other specific advantages. The idlers form the belt to a closed tube protecting the material transported against external influences and the environment from emissions such as material loss, dust or odours.Partition plates with hexagonal cuts and idlers in staggered arrangement keep the tube shape closed. The pipe conveyors allow the implementation of more narrow curve radii and larger angles of inclination than open troughed belt conveyors.

However, requirements are continuously increasing: On the one hand, the quantities of bulk materials are growing and on the other hand, for environmental reasons, they have to reach their destination with little dust and noise. In addition, there is often a complex routing. BEUMER Group has developed the U-shape conveyor for this purpose. In this solution, a special idler configuration brings the belt in a u-shape. Thus, the bulk material reaches the discharge station. An idler configuration similar to that for the troughed belt conveyor is used for opening the belt. Unique feature of this solution: It brings together the advantages of open troughed belt conveyors and closed pipe conveyors. The material conveyed is protected against external influences such as wind, rain or snow and the environment against possible material loss and dust. This conveying solution is suitable for coarse but also for very fine material. BEUMER Group is thus expanding the options for offering the best solution for bulk material transport, depending on the project.

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