A conveying system for your mining services is vital as this helps to move your harvested materials from the mine to trucks for transport, quickly and easily. If you're new to the mining services industry or need to replace your conveying system, you need to ensure you choose the equipment that will work for your materials and your needs specifically. Note a few important considerations to keep in mind.
1. Opting for low-friction
Conveyor belts made with a resin finish or that are otherwise friction resistant can be best for the mining industry where friction may cause heat and resultant fires. This would include mining materials like coal, petroleum, oil, or anything that is not fire resistant. These are also best for mining locations near an open flame of any sort or when there is any type of explosion hazard. They are also best for tunnel construction, to avoid vapors during the conveying process that could become trapped and increase the hazard of fires.
2. Zero water absorption
Some mined materials may be safer if they hold the water and moisture that is required to mine them; natural stone, for example, may become brittle and risk cracking when it becomes overly dry. When choosing a conveyor belt or lining for chutes and other such equipment for these types of materials, be sure you choose something with zero water absorption. Some belts may be made of a softer, cloth-like material that will cushion the material as it travels, but this can absorb water and, in turn, make the material more likely to be damaged. Be sure you opt for zero water absorption for the conveyor belts as well as for chutes, hoppers, and any other area of the conveying.
3. Ceramic lining
A ceramic lining along pulleys can help to reduce belt slippage. This can be a good choice for any working mine operation where you need a rugged, heavy-duty belt to convey heavier materials that have not yet been broken down and crushed. Remember that heavier pieces and materials put wear and tear not just on the belt itself, but on all the parts that work the belts, including the pulleys. A ceramic lining can keep the pulleys in good working order and reduce their wear and tear overall.
Remember too that you want to include the right features for a conveyor that are best for your materials, such as a dust filter or vacuum for any material that creates large amounts of dust, and a belt cleaner. This will help to clear the belt of dust and debris so it doesn't get worn down so quickly.
For more information and options for conveyor installations, contact companies, like Arrow Electrical Services, that offer mining services.Share