Belt Conveyor Modernization – Chute Design for Increased Output and Reduced Dust Generation
By Aaaron Gibbs
Article Published in Bulk Solids Handling – Issue 2, 2012
Modernization of conveyor systems in today’s coal mines and coal-fired power plants is an essential goal for the management, employees and share holders of the company. It helps ensure that the mine or plant is running to its’ optimum potential, maximizing its’ tons per hour or most amount of BTU’s produced by the mine. Doing this with as little impact to the environment as possible. Power plants being built today emit 90 percent less pollutants (SO2, NOx, Particulates, mercury) than the plants they replaced from the 1970′s, according to the National Energy Technology Laboratory.
Asset optimization / modernization has never been more critical in the everyday things we do at home and at work. Coal is abundant, clean and the most efficient energy source available. Conveyors are the lifeline to any coal-fired power plant’s productivity. No coal = No low cost, clean, abundant, affordable energy. Proper consistent training, periodic inspections of the conveying systems and reliable turn-key installation and on-going maintenance will ensure an incident and injury free workplace while maintaining a productive reliable workforce. All of which are essential to any material handling system and the employees who maintain and are responsible for them.
“Coal is the most affordable source of power fuel per million BTU, historically averaging less than one-quarter the price of petroleum and natural gas,” according the National Mining Association.