The successful start-up of a RopeCon® system which will transport limestone from a quarry to the area where it will be processed has recently taken place in Guatemala, approximately 35 km from the capital. The installation, which requires no more than four tower structures to cross a wooded terrain, has a length of about 1.6 km and covers a vertical rise of almost 200 m.
Thanks to the long rope spans it has been possible to minimise the amount of space required on the ground. The cement plant of Guatemalan Cementos Progreso, S.A is due start operation in the first half of year 2017. From then on, RopeCon® will transport 2,100 t of material every hour.
RopeCon® has been developed and designed by the Austrian ropeway manufacturer Doppelmayr and combines the features of a belt conveyor with those of a ropeway, thereby making use of the advantages of both technologies. It is currently in use for a variety of material transport applications all over the world.