Article published by International Mining
Today’s mining operations want maximum efficiency and durability for their conveyor systems, despite these installations becoming larger and more complex. But the technology and service providers are up to the challenge.
Paul Moore spoke to David Landgren, Fenner Dunlop Executive Director, about the mining conveyor market and its role as a leading supplier of belting solutions
Are you seeing the mining industry investing in larger and higher capacity conveyors as well as those incorporating steel uphill/downhill sections as well as curves?
Yes. While the conveyor versus truck choice depends on mine specific conditions, we are seeing a trend with existing miners to expand near field developments and utilise existing infrastructure via long connecting overland conveyors. Iron ore expansion is a good example of this – we are the OEM for BHP’s South Flank overland conveyor. Longer conveyors mean logically more geographical challenges, so conveyors with inclines and declines are part of that challenge. The drive for increased production will always drive conveyors to have larger capacity. This is a trend seen over many decades.