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Vertical lift conveyor is a game changer
4th Quarter 2017, Other technologies


As South Africa’s mining industry continues to seek leaner, more efficient ways of getting ore from the ground, ContiTech’s Pocketlift vertical lift conveyor is a game changer. It not only offers underground miners the ability to lift much larger quantities of material over far higher vertical distances than conventional skip hoists, it does so with a third of the energy requirement.

Pocketlift evolved from the company’s well-known Flexowell belt. It replaces the compartments of the Flexowell, with fabric-reinforced rubber pockets to deliver a conveyor belt that can lift material loads at vertical heights up to 700 metres. The pockets are available in different widths to achieve continuous load throughputs of up to 6000 m³/hour. “The Pocketlift’s small horizontal footprint and low intrinsic weight means it can be deployed in very small mine shafts – in many cases existing ventilation shafts can be used – helping miners reduce civils costs. In terms of energy, a ton of material lifted 100 metres consumes less than 0,3 kWh – far below the average,” says innovative products manager, Friedrich Litz.

Meanwhile the Flexowell remains a popular, high performing option for vertical bulk materials conveying in a wide range of industries. It consists of compartmentalised pouches with pleated sides, mounted on a cross rigid base belt with horizontal textile and/or transverse steel cord reinforcement. It can efficiently convey lump sizes up to 400 mm in size, and be used to a maximum vertical lift height of 400 metres, with a maximum throughput of 6000 tons/hour.

For more information contact Paul van Zyl, ContiTech South Africa, +27 (0)11 248 9300, paul.van.zyl@contitech.co.za, www.contitech.co.za


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