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Superior Industries deepens relationship with Kimball Equipment

Superior Industries, a US-based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, has announced an expanded product partnership with its long-term conveyor dealer, Kimball Equipment Company.

The respected dealer, which celebrates 75 years of operation next year, will now sell, service and support Superior’s crushing, screening and washing equipment in addition to the conveying equipment and components lines throughout Utah, Nevada, Arizona and southern Idaho.

“Kimball Equipment is a well-respected company and we’re honoured they’ll represent our growing line of aggregate processing and handling equipment,” Jarrod Felton, President of Superior, said. “Together, we’re both excited to serve customers with the region’s best application advice, robust stocking plans and most efficient customer support.”

The relationship between dealer, Kimball Equipment, and manufacturer, Superior Industries, started in 2004. Since then, the Salt Lake City-based dealer has sold almost 1,500 Superior conveyors and thousands of idlers, pulleys and conveyor accessories, according to Superior.

Kimball Equipment offers an extensive inventory of new and used heavy equipment, parts and supplies, repairs and rebuilds, field service and engineering capabilities.

Superior to show off increased South America presence at CONEXPO Latin America

Superior Industries Inc says it is ready to show off an expanded South America presence at the upcoming CONEXPO Latin America event, in Santiago, Chile.

A US-based manufacturer of bulk material processing and handling systems, the company recently added three manufacturing facilities to its South America base through the acquisition of Parcan Group, a 40-year-old Brazil-based company that engineers and manufactures conveyor drums and rolls.

At CONEXPO Latin America, on October 2-5, Superior said it planned to showcase its latest construction aggregate processing and handling solutions.

With the addition of Superior’s core products, including crushing, screening, washing and conveying equipment, the manufacturer’s local entity is able to offer aggregate and mining producers processing and handling solutions from Rock Face to Load Out®, it said.

Visitors to the company’s booth will be able to meet with Superior employees about the manufacturer’s crushing, screening, washing and conveying equipment. They will also be able to explore opportunities for conveyor idlers, pulleys, belt scrapers and accessories, plus crushing, screening and washing spare parts.

Voith releases BeltGenius ERIC conveyor analysis system

Voith Turbo, a specialist in intelligent drive solutions, systems and services, has released BeltGenius ERIC (Efficiency and Reliability Intelligent Control), a product allowing operators to test out how efficient their conveyor belt systems are.

The system analyses a range of continuous data from conveyor belts – including belt speed, belt tension, effective motor power for all drive motors, and temperature – to potentially allow operators to increase the productivity of their system, while also lowering energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

These parameters are then transmitted to a server at Voith, where a a digital twin of the system exists. All relevant information about the conveyor is stored here, such as belt length, belt width, the diameter of the carrying rollers, drive pulleys, return pulleys, the configuration of the transfer stations, the topography, and the trough angles.

Using this information, ERIC determines a “normalised efficiency value referenced to the energy consumption for horizontal material transport, known as the Energy Performance Indicator (EnPI)”, Voith said.

“This indicator allows the operator to see at a glance just how efficiently the particular belt conveyor is currently operating.”

The data is visualised on the client’s individual user interface, in the form of an online dashboard.

The normalisation makes it possible for the mine operator to easily compare all existing systems in terms of energy performance, according to the company.

Voith also offers the option of equipping individual belt segments with radio-frequency identificaion (RFID) chips. Less-efficient belts and system sections are easier to identify, and if necessary replace, by means of the interaction between the digital twin and the RFID.

“Thanks to its transparent display, BeltGenius ERIC provides a straightforward way to reduce energy consumption, and thus the operating costs, of mine operation,” Voith said.

At the same time, the digital twin compares the installed power to the energy actually being used. This allows the operator to identify power reserves, ensuring the existing capacities of the belt conveyor system are put to optimum use without jeopardising the safety of the system.

In the event of any significant deviation in the EnPI, BeltGenius ERIC sends a direct message to the operator. The operator, together with Voith, can then take action to prevent potential damage.

The system conforms to ISO 500001 and allows operators to achieve compliance with the latest global standards. The company said it has provided for the immediate future by linking into a comprehensive infrastructure for the monitoring of belt conveyor systems.

Fortescue looks for further efficiencies with AHS retrofit, mobile conveying

In what was a strong June quarter in terms of iron ore production, Fortescue Metals Group gave an update on its autonomous haulage (AHS) project at the Chichester Hub operations and the installation of a relocatable conveyor at Cloudbreak.

The company shipped 46.5 million tonnes of ore from its Pilbara operations during the quarter, up 4% year-on-year, at a close-to-unchanged C1 cash cost of $12.17 per tonne (wet).

Mining, processing, rail and shipping combined to operate at or near record rates during the three-month period, helping the company reach its goal of shipping 170 Mt during the 2018 financial year to the end of June.

The company would have been helped by an increasing number of autonomous haul trucks operating at Chichester Hub during the quarter. Fortescue noted that 19 trucks had been converted and were in operation, through an agreement with Caterpillar, out of the over 100 it plans on retrofitting.

Since the introduction of AHS technology at its Solomon mine in 2013, automated trucks have moved over 500 Mt of material and achieved a greater than 30% increase in productivity levels.

Last month, the company noted its relocatable conveyor, manufactured by RCR Tomlinson, had been instaled at Cloudbreak. In the June quarter results, FMG said full capacity was due to be achieved in November.

The 5-km conveyor includes a semi-mobile primary crushing station and feeds directly into the Cloudbreak ore processing facility. The relocatable conveyor and semi-mobile crushing facilities can be positioned approximate to pits and relocated once mined.

By providing greater flexibility and increased accessibility to remote mine pits, the relocatable conveyor will reduce haulage costs, offsetting rising strip ratios and delivering sustained efficiency improvements across the business. FMG expects the conveyor to replace 12 trucks at full capacity.