Developed by the University of Newcastle and thyssenkrupp, patented internationally, and exclusively licensed to thyssenkrupp in 99% of countries:
Rail-Running Conveyors from thyssenkrupp overcome many of the inherent maintenance, belt speed and curvability limitations of conventional trough and pipe conveyors. At the head and tail ends of the conveyor, the configuration is the same as for a conventional conveyor. But between the head and tail, the belt is carried on light wheeled carts. A host of idler-related maintenance problems are eliminated thanks to this new way of carrying the belt.
The belt remains the tension member, with the carts carried along by their interface with the belt. The wheel-on-rail transport mode dramatically lowers friction and therefore belt tension, allowing for lighter belts, smaller drives, and much tighter vertical and horizontal curves. Because the wheeled carts circulate past the head and tail ends of the conveyor, automated inspection eliminates the need for daily inspections along the length of the conveyor.
thyssenkrupp is now welcoming partnerships with innovation-minded companies for suitable projects implementing either the trough or pipe-conveyor versions. Substantial R&D tax credits may be available to companies with Australian operations.