The drive section is one of the most important terminal components in a conveyor system and should be carefully selected to ensure it is suited to the application. We can assist your selection of a drive type to suit your application; in doing so we consider the following:
- Mining environment
- Footprint available
- Handling requirements
- Mine maintenance expertise available
- Overall power requirements
The goal when selecting a particular drive option is to provide a conveyor power system that is controllable from a starting and load-sharing standpoint, thereby protecting the conveyor belt and other key components of the conveyor system. Too much stress in starting and load sharing can result in extended downtime and lost production. A system that allows a repeatable, controlled ramp during start-up and balances load distribution (regardless of load) offers the most protection for your conveyor system. For underground systems, three of these systems have emerged as the best available options:
- Controlled clutch slip system
- Controlled fill fluid coupling
- Variable frequency drive (VFD) control system
Each has its advantages and disadvantages. We can supply all of these systems in addition to other drive options. Our team works with you to determine the best technology for your application, providing expertise in component selection or complete system design.
Our drive heads are most frequently used at the head end of most conveyors are available with single to quadruple drive module configurations.
In addition, the drive heads are available in these pulley arrangements:
- Tandem drive pulleys
- Four-pulley arrangement
Tripper booster drive
Our tripper booster drives provide smooth start-up and shutdown operations, with full-tension control, on extremely long, single-flight panel conveyors. Tripper booster drives are able to respond to varying load conditions, while still maintaining a stable operating system. Tripper booster drive systems are available in two-pulley and four-pulley versions.
Our tripper booster drives can have a significant impact on improving the availability of a group of conveyors by reducing the number of conveyors required in a system.