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Continental to showcase digital conveyor technologies at SME in Phoenix

Continental is to showcase its innovative digital solutions and a comprehensive range of products specifically tailored for the mining industry at the SME MineXchange Conference and Expo, in Phoenix, Arizona, scheduled for February 25-28.

Attendees will be able to visit the booth to see the company’s latest advancements in rubber technology and learn more about its extensive offerings designed to enhance efficiency and reduce downtime in mining operations.

Specifically, Continental will highlight the following solutions in its booth:

  • Conti+: Conti+ integrates advanced technology to provide real-time monitoring, predictive maintenance and performance optimisation for conveyor systems;
  • Repair kits: Continental offers high-quality repair kits designed for quick and effective maintenance of conveyor systems. Repair kits can minimise downtime, ensuring that mining operations stay on track;
  • Industrial belts: Attendees can visit the Continental booth to see a range of industrial belts engineered for durability and optimal performance in mining applications. From heavy-duty to specialty belts, Continental’s solutions are built to withstand the toughest conditions in the mining industry, it says; and
  • Specialty hoses: Continental will present a comprehensive portfolio of specialty hoses for steam, mine spray and hydraulic applications. Continental hoses are designed to meet the unique challenges of mining environments, ensuring reliability and safety.

“We are focused on helping our mining customers maximise the life of their belts, conveying systems and hoses so they can work more efficiently and keep their operations running without interruption,” Michael Schroeder, Head of Product Management – Conveying Solutions, at Continental’s Industrial Solutions AMERICA, Sector ContiTech, says.

“Continental can support a wide range of industrial solutions needed for mining. Our premium products contribute to significant cost savings and operational efficiency, and we look forward to showcasing them to attendees at MineXchange.”

For example, Continental is currently working with Atlas Energy Solutions on its new 42 mile (68 km) Dune Express conveyor belt – provided by Continental – which will be the second longest in the world.

The electric conveyor will deliver sand throughout the Permian Basin of west Texas and New Mexico rather than putting it on trucks. This will be more efficient and will eliminate millions of truck miles driven across the Permian resulting in avoided traffic, accidents, injuries and fatalities on the roads used by trucks to deliver sand, it says. The two companies worked together on this innovative delivery method to help Atlas Energy Solutions accomplish their goals.

Continental drives forward conveyor belt digitalisation with Conti+ 2.0 app

Continental has completely revised its app-based service platform, Conti+, making it much simpler, faster and more comprehensive, according to the company.

Supplemented by additional functions, with a new structure and a modern design with an even more user-friendly interface, the new version Conti+ 2.0 provides smart support for customers and distributor, Continental says.

With Conti+ 2.0, Continental drives forward the digitalisation of conveyor belt systems and makes information about their status and performance available at all times. This holistic solution for conveyor belt and conveyor system data management is another step for Continental to pave the way from belt supplier and service provider to solution provider, it said.

The app bundles both static and dynamic data from belt monitoring systems and other sensors on one centralised platform. New programming options ensure that live data can now also be
processed, integrated into the app and conveniently accessed on the go via smartphone, according to Continental.

Because of all these innovations, the new edition further improves performance and profitability for operators in the mining, material processing and construction industries, and helps maximise asset life and availability. In addition, Continental will continuously feed the app with updates. New features will be added, taking into consideration the feedback from customers and distributors.

Conti+ 2.0 is available in four modules.

The basic module already provides quick access to all master data of the plant and the optimisation potentials and savings reports provided by Continental conveyor experts. The monitoring and recording of all condition data and events helps with the effective planning and scheduling of shutdowns, according to the company. As part of the new release anyone can download the app and get to know the functionalities via demo access and also benefit from numerous free features such as useful calculation tools and product information.

The Engineering module provides additional support as early as the plant design stage, and the Inspection module allows detailed inspection reports to be generated.

“Finally, the IoT module uses the Internet of Things to process, analyse and visualise all important sensor data in a central database,” Andreas Bakenhus, responsible for the Service Segment within Continental Conveying Solutions, says. “As a result, sales partners, customers, and Continental’s service teams can communicate directly with each other and work even more closely together. With this data support, decision making becomes faster and more transparent.”

Particularly because this is where the data from Continental’s various monitoring systems converge and can be accessed – whether it’s LoadSense, MultiProtect, ConveyorInspect or others offered by the company.

This can see, for example, end customers upload videos of their conveyor systems to the app and get in touch directly with Continental’s service teams. This enables them to identify defects at an early stage and predict upcoming replacements. In this way, interruptions and downtime are reduced – and the efficiency and profitability of the operation of a conveyor system is increased across all components and processes.

Bakenhus concluded: “Our solution Conti+ 2.0 is another important step towards predictive maintenance and condition monitoring in our business.”

Continental expands Conveying Solutions business in Sweden with Vulk & Montage buy

Continental is expanding its presence in Sweden with the acquisition of conveyor and maintenance company, Vulk & Montage, based in Karlstad.

Vulk & Montage has four locations in Karlstad (headquarters), Örebro, Mora and Stockholm, Sweden. The company is a leading service provider for the conveyor industry in central Sweden, operating out of its four branches and one rubber workshop.

The company provides add-on products such as belts, belt scrapers, industrial hoses, screens, wear rubber, lightweight conveyor belts, technical plastics and additional services like lining (cold and hot), spraying polyurethane, sandblasting and paintwork.

“With the Vulk & Montage Group, we are able to offer an entire service and solution package in addition to the current Continental product portfolio to our industrial customers in Central Sweden,” Song Qi, who is responsible for the global business with conveyor belt system solutions at Continental, said. “The acquisition underscores again our goal of further expanding our service business directly with our customers and aligning our focus accordingly.”

Completion of the acquisition is subject to approval by the competent antitrust authorities, with the two parties agreeing not to disclose the purchase price.

Continental’s Conveying Solutions is one of the world’s leading specialists in conveying and off-highway solutions, with customers in key industries such as mining, agriculture, automotive and plant engineering.

Conveying Solutions’ goal is to respond to specific customer needs and to provide holistic and efficient solutions for every conveying task in the most environmentally friendly way possible – from plant design, production and installation to preventive maintenance and repair.

Conveying Solutions has more than 5,800 employees at 54 locations in 16 countries.

Continental to launch LD-Master L5 Traction radial tyre at Bauma 2022

Continental plans to present its latest construction-grade tyre at Bauma 2022, in Munich, Germany, next month, saying that the new LD-Master L5 Traction radial tyre is ready for demanding conditions and fitted with tyre sensors straight out of the factory.

The LD-Master L5 Traction radial tyre expands the ContiEarth range, initially in size 35/65 R33, with its construction specifically designed for loaders operating on abrasive surfaces and in face working jobs where high productivity and assured vehicle uptime are of upmost importance.

The reinforced 3* carcass satisfies the highest load carrying capacity requirements, even under extensive production cycles, according to Continental. The L5 traction tread pattern protects the carcass and ensures smooth and safe operation on site, while the solid tread block design provides secure traction. The extra deep tread and sidewall protection also make the tyre more robust and ensure long-term productivity.

To minimise idle time and ensure serviceability even under harsh conditions, the special tyres fitted to machinery should be controlled as precisely as possible. The LD-Master L5 Traction is fitted with an integrated tyre sensor, ex-factory, making monitoring possible in real time. The sensor monitors temperature and tyre pressure, assuring at all times the most efficient operation mode for a long tyre life.

In addition to the LD-Master L5 Traction, Continental plans to present its EM-Master E3/L3 as 65-series for construction/surface applications at Bauma 2022 and a sneak preview of a new solid skid steer tyre.

Bauma 2022 will be running from October 24-30, in Munich, Germany.

Continental shines a light on mine safety with NightViu series

Continental is adding another yet another new innovation to its extensive product range for commercial and special vehicles in the off-highway sector with the NightViu lighting series.

This solution is being developed especially for applications in the construction machinery and mining sectors.

With perfectly uniform illumination at automotive level, the series provides much better visibility in the work area, improving safety and efficiency on sites, the company says.

The unique modular housing concept has a minimum level of component complexity and offers users more than enough flexibility to cover a wide range of lighting requirements, according to Continental. The new system also boasts highly increased lighting efficiency when compared with many systems previously available on the market.

Georg Kliewer, Head of Special Vehicles in Continental’s Automotive Aftermarket business segment, said: “Looking at the construction sector in its entirety and contributing to greater safety on the construction site with our solutions is an important goal for Continental. That’s why we’re delighted that our NightViu work lights significantly improve visibility in poorly lit, construction site scenarios.”

The work lights in the NightViu series feature an efficient reflector lens design with six powerful LEDs and four cover lenses. Offering approximately 100 lumens per watt, these LED lights have an enhanced light efficiency level compared with other LEDs for construction and mining machinery – so sensitive vehicle electronics are protected and short circuits caused by excessive power consumption are prevented.

Luminous flux options range from 1,500 and 2,500 to 3,500 lumens, while the light beams cover a wide variety of lighting scenarios for the work area around the vehicle, from close-range to far-field illumination. These beams have different lighting patterns, ranging from highly focused spotlight illumination to floodlighting and from a wide to an extremely wide illumination field.

“In Ultra-Wide mode, we still achieve a light intensity of one lux at a distance of 90 m, and that’s absolutely unique,” Chris Kosmala, who is responsible for lighting system development at Continental, said. Overall, this increases the brightness in the corners and sides or at the end of the illuminated area away from the spotlights.

Continental has also designed a unique housing concept that enables the three different luminous flux options and the four different light patterns to be freely combined without needing more than one housing design.

“In this way, the complexity of the NightViu series is kept in check, but we can still meet every conceivable requirement of our customers,” Kosmala said.

The modular approach also allows different light cones to be combined, reducing the number of lights required but still ensuring a highly uniform illumination and the avoidance of shadows, according to Continental.

The aluminum housings are designed for hard off-highway use and are protected against water and dust in compliance with the IP6K8 standard. The lights also withstand temperatures between -40°C and +90°C and pass vibration tests of up to 12 g RMS – verified through stringent tests in Continental’s certified quality laboratory.

The lights’ flexible installation system for standard or heavy-duty mounting also enables retrofitting in many different positions on vehicles, the company said.

The NightViu Premium work lights will be available in the second half of 2022.

Continental expands OTR tyre production capacity at Lousado

Continental is expanding its production facilities in Lousado, Portugal, increasing capacity for the production of radial earthmoving and port tyres with a diameter larger than 24 in (610 mm).

In the course of the ramp-up, more than 100 new jobs will be created, the company said.

Christian Kötz, Member of the Executive Board at Continental and Head of the Tire division, said: “Both the port and earthmoving segments are among the key growth areas in the commercial specialty tyre market. The new production lines clearly reflect our commitment to these segments and the overall OTR (off-the-road) business.”

The new production hall will be created adjacent to the radial agricultural tyre production facility, opened in 2017.

“Equipped with state-of-the-art tyre building machinery and automated devices, it is designed to deliver cutting-edge radial tyres while following the highest of ergonomic standards,” Continental said. “Once at full speed, the production lines will deliver three earthmoving tyre lines and another three port tyre lines.”

Besides the new production facilities, the research and development centre in Lousado is being expanded and will be used for continuous performance and quality tests of all agricultural, port and earthmoving tyres, the company said.

Kötz concluded: “This investment strengthens our footprint in Lousado and transforms the top-efficiency plant into a competence centre for big radial tyres for off-road use.”