Overland Conveyor: Trough Belt versus Cable Belt

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Overland Conveyor: Trough Belt versus Cable Belt

Conventional trough belt conveyors with various sizes and capacities are widely accepted in different industries around the world. The objective of this whitepaper is to put across the messages that variations and developments from the conventional conveyor have reached such a degree that a materials handling problem can usually be solved in numerous ways with varying degrees of suitability. This whitepaper presents a comparison of trough belt versus cable belt with respect to the primary parameters of power, consumption, volumetric capacity and maintenance issues, particularly idler replacement.
(ed. WoMaMarcel - 29/7/2013)
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Conventional trough belt conveyors with various sizes and capacities are widely accepted in different industries around the world. The objective of this whitepaper is to put across the messages that variations and developments from the conventional conveyor have reached such a degree that a materials handling problem can usually be solved in numerous ways with varying degrees of suitability. It is therefore the duty of the materials handling engineer to be fully aware of design of conventional conveyors, their application, and economics and therefore be in the position to give the best solution to materials handling problems. The first form of conveyor was a flat belt running in a trough which was quickly improved by the introduction of straight idlers to replace sliding friction by rolling friction. The need to increase the capacity and centralize the material load led to the appearance at the same time of both of the most common forms of heavy duty belt conveyors, the troughed belt conveyor and the cable belt conveyor. The cable belt conveyor principle whilst of earlier origin was not developed in a truly successful form until 1952. This consisted of two parallel endless leather or rubber belts to which were attached at intervals curved meta1 spreaders supporting a canvas trough.
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