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APR 2019

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www.cementamericas.com • Spring 2019 • CEMENT AMERICAS 19 FEATURE and delivers a lifespan of three to four times. With apron conveyors, for example, belt alternative modernizations have inherent benefits that include: Reduction Of The Constant Maintenance Required By Chain Wear With a belt, you install it, attach the buckets or pans, tighten everything down into the splice, then only need to perform routine maintenance, with in-depth checks once or twice a year. Thus, the need to stop the machine for extended peri- ods of time while chain stretch is measured, sprockets are replaced, and pans are removed is eliminated. Improvement Of The Ambient Working Environment The smooth transition of a belt/pulley traction element reduces the noise caused by a chain/sprocket element. Considerably Longer Wear Life Belts reinforced with steel wires are at the center of a pro- prietary design that ensures a long service life of three to four times that of a chain. Improved Safety By Reducing Maintenance Touchpoints The shortening process for heavy chains that often oper- ate above grade, sometimes significantly so, present safety concerns for maintenance staff. Belt modernization capabilities are effective in a variety of industries such as cement, lime and gypsum where buck- et elevators and apron conveyors are used for transport or industrial processes and where roasters are in use such as gold, precious metals and iron ore. Making a Bucket Until recently, the use of belt bucket elevators was gen- erally limited to transporting fine bulk material, because there was a risk on the older models that coarse-grained bulk material could get stuck between the bucket and the belt and damage the belt. Through the consistent advancement of its belt bucket elevators, BEUMER Group developed the innovative high-capacity belt bucket elevator type HD that makes it possible to also efficiently transport coarse-grained material such as clinker. This bucket elevator designed to eliminate the space between the individual buckets and the belt. This pre- vents coarse material from getting stuck during the scooping and filling process and from damaging the belt. At the same time, it holds the same proven advantages of belt-based bucket elevators for the customer, such as the very high conveying capacity, prolonged service life of the belt and less noise generation. BEUMER is well positioned in the field of cable-based bucket elevators that offer highly-efficient technology for the vertical transport of coarse, hot or abrasive bulk material. Dane Olson joined BEUMER Corp. in 2016 and serves as customer support manager for the Conveying and Loading (CL) division in Kansas City, Mo. He is responsible for busi- ness development, sales support and service planning for CL systems and products. Olson is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in corporate/organiza- tional communication.

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