Modern Quarrying Q1 2023


Figure 1: CEMA standard belt edge distance recommendations. © 2023 Martin Engineering

Figure 2: Comparison of capacity increase by changing idler trough angle. ©2023 Martin Engineering.

Changing from a 35 to 45-degree trough angle and the wider belt and idlers would result in a 90% increase in cross-sectional area. This method is not often used, because there is resistance to increasing capital cost for a wider and higher load-bearing structure, higher material mass and larger drive. However, it is an excellent approach if there is an expecta tion of increasing capacity in the future. l

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