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Benefits of Buying OEM Parts Over Aftermarket Products

Adhering to your budget is a foundational skill required to run any operation successfully. When it comes to the parts you use, whether it’s for updating or replacing your current equipment, you want to make sure they hit two key points:

  1. The purchase is cost effective and budget friendly
  2. The part will help to improve or maintain efficiency

Your decision to purchase parts and products should be based on the two points above, particularly when you weigh the options of choosing between OEM parts and aftermarket products.

What are OEM products?

OEM, or “original equipment manufacturer,” products are those that originate directly with the manufacturer of your equipment and are identical to the products or parts you’re replacing. OEM products are new and are created with the same materials and consideration the original pieces were.

On the other side of the spectrum you have aftermarket products, which are manufactured by a third-party company and not the original manufacturer. These products and parts are intended to serve a similar function as the piece being replaced; however, due to the nature of aftermarket parts, it can be difficult to ensure that you are going to get the same kind of quality or functionality as the original piece. Therein lies the innate advantage of selecting OEM parts over aftermarket ones.

Choosing OEM over aftermarket

One of the more popular reason to choose an aftermarket product over an OEM one has to do with cost. As a general rule, aftermarket parts are usually much less expensive, which seems like a great idea when you’re on a budget. The problem with that is the lack of a guarantee—for quality, fit, or function.

OEM products are going to match what’s being replaced and that guarantees function and quality. You’ll be getting the same performance you expect and need from your equipment with an OEM replacement part because it was designed and tested under the same rigorous manufacturer standards. This means OEM products guarantee compatibility (dimensions and specifications) and are high quality.

Reconsidering the cost of the same OEM part with its aftermarket equivalent, you can begin to see that while you could end up paying more upfront, you’re investing in a quality part that has the potential to last a very long time.

Longevity is another key advantage of OEM products—and not just for the part itself, but your equipment as well.

OEM products are designed to perform and fit factory specifications and that can increase the operational life of your equipment simply because the replacement part isn’t “kind of” similar to the original, so there is no room for undue wear-and-tear that might arise from the use of an aftermarket component.

Again, the idea of OEM parts being an investment is owed to the inherent longevity of the products, meaning you could go through one or more aftermarket replacements in the span of your equipment’s life, costing you more over time. With OEM, you don’t have to worry about the parts breaking down and needing replaced more than anticipated for any specific piece of equipment.

OEM parts offer reliability that extends beyond compatibility and quality

When you purchase OEM products, you’re also gaining access to the manufacturer’s network of support, something you may otherwise lack with aftermarket parts. This helps to ensure you can get your questions answered by someone who knows the equipment and the parts firsthand, rather than someone familiar with the replacement part but only passably knowledgeable about the equipment itself.

You may also be able to expect support in the form of a manufacturer’s warranty, as most OEM parts include at least a 1-year warranty (although this varies between manufacturers and products). In many cases, if your part shipped with defects or is faulty, the manufacturer is usually happy to replace the part for you.

For large operations or projects that require expensive equipment, you want to make sure you handle them with care. If you don’t, repairs can be costly. It’s for this reason that we feel OEM parts are typically the best option for maintaining your equipment as they ensure the fewest number of mechanical problems and won’t harm the operational life of your equipment. All of this means saving money and maintaining operational efficiency to see you through to the end of your project on schedule and on budget.



How to Move Rock from Point A to B

The transfer and transport of rock is what sets efficient, profitable quarries apart from those that are not. When you move rock from the source point to its final destination, it takes manpower and machinery to do so quickly and effectively; and without either, significant delays in the processing and production of aggregate may occur.

The method of transportation will depend upon the exact type of raw material (in this case, rock) and the weight or amount you need to move. Other factors include the location of your quarry—is it near rails, roads, or water. The source location may limit or provide additional forms of transportation. Specific types of rock may also require special consideration when moving, such as slate due to the risk of cracks and breaks during travel.

Common types of rock include:
• Chalk
• Clay
• Coal
• Sand and gravel aggregate
• Granite
• Gritstone
• Gypsum
• Limestone
• Marble
• Ores
• Sandstone
• Slate

Getting rock from point A to point B requires a system designed to expedite the process and make loading and unloading manageable. This is why conveyor systems are essential in mines, quarries, and any location where raw material is excavated.

The conveyor system

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If your mined rock isn’t remaining at the quarry, you’ll need to get it from there to its final destination. Conveyor systems allow companies to move rock from mines, quarries, and other source locations to where they’ll be stored or processed further.

Once you decide how you will be transporting your rock, whether by rail, water, or truck, you’ll need an appropriate conveyor system to transfer the aggregate onto its transport. The type of system again depends on the type, quantity, and weight of the rock. There are several types of conveyor systems available to make the task easier.

Radial stacker: A cost-effective solution that lets you create stockpiles of rock or fine aggregate to reduce processing time. Radial stackers can load large trucks or cars with material with ease.

Overland conveyor: Capable of transferring up to 15,000 tons an hour, overland conveyors move rock above ground over long distances, across flat terrain or up and down hills. This system is ideal for moving a large quantity of rock to be processed or to its transport.

Railcar loading/unloading conveyor: These conveyors rely on vacuum or pressure systems to continuously load and transfer raw material. The railcar conveyor is ideal for maintaining a constant flow of rock, at high rates, and over long distances. This can be an incredibly convenient and efficient means of moving rock if your quarry has access to a rail.

Barge loading/unloading conveyor: This conveyor system is necessary if you’re using boats and freights to transport rock. Like the railcar system, this conveyor moves raw material to and from boats with ease. They can be combined with overland and stockpiling conveyors, too, to reduce heavy-equipment fuel charges while also achieving the highest stockpiling height possible.

Moving rock by truck

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Trucks are perhaps the most common mode of transportation for quarry and construction companies forced to move rock. Trucks are easy to load and are capable of dumping loads at the final destination without assistance. The size and scale of trucks accommodate a range of weight and size requirements, making them a versatile and effective transport. They can move rock anywhere there is a road.

Haul trucks, in particular, are a large type of truck able to move rock between conveyor belts, stockpiles, and even the jaw crusher of a plant.

Depending on their size, make, and model, trucks can haul anywhere from 1,500 lbs. up to around three and a half tons.

Move rock by water

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For quarries with access to navigable waterways, rivers become an option for moving rock. Hoppers and flat deck barges can both accommodate rock and other aggregate, with hopper barges capable of holding up to 1,700 tons of raw material.

Rail transport

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When quarries are located near train rails, they can make use of rail shipping. Moving rock by rail is often more economical than by truck. This method is ideal for transporting raw material to parts of the country with limited local, natural stone resources or significantly low-quality stone product. When moving rock and aggregate by rail, material can be loaded into 100-ton bottom dump hopper cars, a single car, or in gondolas.

Remember that size of the rock is a variable in deciding how you may want to move your material as slab and aggregate will require different conveyors and forms of transport. How you move your rock from A to B ultimately depends on the scale of your operation. Efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and distance/process time are all factors you’ll want to consider during the decision-making process.



How to Move Sand Easily

Being able to move sand from an operation to its final destination is imperative to keeping construction companies and other industries supplied with this material.

Sand is a very versatile material and is derived from many kinds of rock types, most of which include limestone, feldspar, and silicon dioxide. The uses and differences between each type of sand are varied. Cement and concrete rely on one variation of sand while fiberglass uses another kind; sand is also integral in creating glass products, and iron and steel components. It’s understandable to see how much value sand has to society, and that without it, many industries would suffer.

Locating sand

Sand is found naturally both below and above ground, in glacial deposits, sand dunes, arid environments, and natural lakes, seas, and oceans. Many people assume that it’s easy to find, but it actually takes a significant amount of resources to develop deposits capable of producing sand products.

Quarrying sand and gravel deposits

Most of the tactics used for hard rock quarries can also be applied to sand and gravel operations. The biggest difference between sand and gravel quarries and everything else is the amount of land use these operations require. Sand and gravel deposits are typically shallow, so naturally companies have to disturb more land to obtain the same volume of product.

Mining and dredging: Sand extraction

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Typically, sand can be mined from sources above ground, such as sand dunes, but it’s often dredged from deep under water in excavations known as pits. Dredges are large structures that float in manmade or natural ponds. They rely on a continuous chain of buckets or rotary cutting heads to dislodge material from below the water’s surface. Using a suction hose, this material is displaced and removed—separated from other mineral particles during the process. A dredge can be used for excavating gravel, too.

Move sand easily with a conveyor system

Once a deposit has been quarried and mined, you have to move the sand from the source through the rest of your process, or to its final destination—for sale or to be used in construction and industrial products.

Conveyor systems using stationary or overland conveyors, telescopic conveyors, and radial stackers provide operations with a way to move sand across long distances, up and down hills, and onto the transport. Conveyors work by moving sand across a conveyor belt, which is then dumped in stockpiles, making it a cost-effective option. Normally operations would require wheel loaders to build a stockpile. Radial stackers move along a radius, efficiently dumping the product into manageable stockpiles.  They remove the need for wheel loaders and reduce diesel, personnel, and maintenance costs in the process.

Conveyor and stacking systems offer customizable designs, from the length and width of the conveyor or stacker itself and belt width to the height of your stockpile and options including power radial wheels, chevron or vulcanized belts, and hydraulics to extend the conveyor longer for larger stockpile size. A conveyor makes moving sand much easier. For added convenience, they can be designed to specification to meet your operational needs and budget.

How to transport sand effectively

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Three of the easiest methods for transporting sand to its final destination are trucks and by rail and barge. Trucks are relatively simple to use particularly in loading and dumping. Many trucks are capable of dumping their loads once they arrive at the destination without assistance. Trucks are also available in many sizes and models to satisfy a number of operational needs, making them a convenient option.

 

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Transporting sand by open-top rail is the second option. For operations located near train rails, rail shipment provides an efficient method of moving the raw material that reduces fuel and personnel spending. The partially automated nature of rail shipping is another benefit companies can appreciate. Custom railcar loading and unloading systems can be used with 100-ton dump hopper cars, gondolas, or single cars, creating a much smoother, continuous flow of material.

construction equipment on water

Barges are the third form of transport for sand. A typical hopper barge can transport up to 1,700 net tons of sand, which is roughly the amount it would take 17 rail cars, or 68 trucks, to move. From a logistics standpoint, barges are a good solution for moving sand from origination to destination.

The three options each have their own benefits:

  • Trucks are convenient and come in a variety of sizes.
  • Rail transportation is more economical.
  • Barges have a much higher capacity, enabling companies to move more product in fewer trips.

Your selection will depend on the size of your operation and budget; but regardless of your choice, sand is an easy raw material to move throughout the entire process when you utilize the proper equipment.



Meeting Production Goals and Staying on Budget

Maintaining a high production volume and staying on budget are two of the biggest concerns our clients usually have about their upcoming jobs. In fact, most businesses can probably attest to having the worry that they will go over budget trying to meet production goals.

Construction companies, in particular, may face very tight budgeting restrictions, which forces them to think long and hard about how they’ll approach expenses each year. They also have to get creative in figuring out how to get the most out of their budget while keeping up with production needs, if not exceeding them.

Meet production goals

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Production goals will vary between the business and its aggregate, but it’s generally measured in tons per day. The more tons you’re able to process each day, the higher your production; and it’s important to set baseline goals to support your bottom line so you know how to improve, and if you’re in danger of failing to meet a day’s given production goals.

Your daily production is affected by other factors including worker efficiency, and whether you performed maintenance or repairs that day. The key to handling the low production days is ensuring you stay on budget while you play catch-up or recover. This makes budgeting the most important part of your project’s plan because you have to make estimates and consider different outcomes that won’t occur until further down the road. So if you don’t want to spend more than you have but maintain a profitable level of production, start with understanding your budget.

Understanding your budget

Every project has a different budget they have to maintain, but it’s important to understand your financial limitations before proceeding with any big decisions, such as equipment purchases and rentals. Deciding whether you want to rent or outright purchase can be one of the biggest factors to influence your company’s ability to stay on budget and still maintain a high volume of tonnage.

When you know your budget then it’s time to carefully allocate those funds.

Identify expenses

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This involves creating a list of the parts and machines you’ll need, as well as any personnel, vehicles, and other miscellanea your project might require. Everything should be accounted for so you know how to meet production goals in the most fiscally efficient way possible. If you don’t have enough to purchase the new equipment you could choose to buy used pieces, or you could simply rent equipment. If you know how long your job will take, deciding between new and used and purchase/rental becomes much simpler.

What many companies don’t realize is that there are financial perks to purchasing and leasing equipment—tax deductions and incentives that may make equipment costs much more manageable, which is particularly important for projects with a strict budget.

Pros and cons of leasing

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Renting equipment preserves capital, offering financial flexibility with the potential downside of costing more over the course of time (as opposed to upfront). Some of the advantages of leasing include…

  • Cost-effective: Leasing equipment requires a smaller initial expenditure compared to purchasing.
  • Deductible: Rentals could be classified as businesses expenses, thus becoming tax deductible. This lowers the net cost of the lease.
  • Flexibility: It’s usually easier to lease than it is to secure a business loan for purchasing equipment. The terms may also be more flexible, and makes a good advantage for companies with poor credit, or who require a longer repayment period to lower their costs.
  • Upgradeable: The great thing about rentals is that when your lease period ends, you can upgrade to a new piece if the previous one is outdated or no longer meeting your needs.

There are downsides to leasing your equipment that should be considered as well.

  • Lack of ownership: The most obvious downside is that you won’t own your equipment. That means you won’t build equity in it.
  • Lease term obligation: Like any other kind of rental process, you’re usually obligated to make regular payments on your equipment, even if you have to stop using it. You might be able to cancel the contract under specific circumstances, but hefty termination fees could apply.
  • Higher overall cost: Interest and repayment rates may increase the cost of something by several hundred dollars, or even thousands of dollars, compared to what you would have paid for simply purchasing a piece of equipment outright.

Pros and cons of purchasing

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Buying your equipment and machinery is a huge financial commitment so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the benefits and disadvantages of making that decision.

  • You own it: Ownership of a piece of equipment demonstrates a long-term investment in your company. Purchasing equipment is a great idea if you don’t anticipate the technology becoming outdated any time soon, or if you don’t want to manage payments or the hassle of a lease contract. You generally have the option to buy new or used, so consider the needs of your budget before deciding.
  • Tax incentives and deductions: There are tax breaks companies can take advantage of that will allow them to deduct partially or fully the cost of new business assets in their first year of use. This depends on how long the equipment lasts for. Similarly, there are some deductions such as the depreciation deduction that may allow you to recover the cost of some of your purchase expenses.

As for owning, there are two noteworthy disadvantages to purchasing your equipment.

  • Lack of upgradeability: Unless you’re certain that equipment you purchase won’t become obsolete in the near future, you could be stuck with it. This would force you to invest in a newer equipment, and receiving very little on the resale of your previous equipment.
  • Higher initial investment: Unless your budget is bigger, you may have a difficult time affording the high initial expense. Borrowing money to make that purchase could add onto the overall cost, further increasing the amount you spend on buying something outright.

Remember: It’s important to consult a knowledgeable accountant before trying to determine if a cost is deductible or a capital expenditure. If you’re only using equipment part time or you can complete the job in under a year, you could be able to declare something that would have been a capital asset as a business expense instead, increasing your ability to recover the cost of leases and purchases.

Plan for future expenses

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Parts may need to be replaced. Production could increase, necessitating more equipment, labor, or machinery; plan your budget accordingly so you’re prepared to spend what’s necessary to meet production goals.

You need specific tools, machines, and equipment to do business and its best for your production goals to avoid missing any of those essentials. Meeting budget is about manipulating the available funds to ensure you have everything you need to produce a high volume of aggregate or other material each day. Companies have options when it comes to staying on budget, from leasing over purchasing, to buying used as opposed to new.



Effectively Transporting Aggregate

From a logistics standpoint, how you transport aggregate and other raw material plays a huge part in your operation. Everything from your budget to the scale/scope of your work can be affected by the decision. No matter how large or small your project is, you can’t avoid having to move aggregate from the source to the rest of your operation, all the way to its final destination. Some modes of transportation are more viable depending on the material you’re working with. Quantity and distance are two other important variables factored into the decision-making process.

Railcar

freight train

If you’re lucky to have your operation located near a railroad, you may be able to take advantage of railcar transport. It could be more economical depending on the raw material you’re working with. This option is ideal for companies who have access to rail lines, and who want to move a substantial amount of aggregate across the country. The three most common forms of rail transport include hopper cars, single rail cars, and gondolas.

Hopper cars were first used to haul bulk shipments of dry cement, and because they’re so durable and easy to use, they’re still being used to transport cement. This makes hopper cars great for very fine aggregates like sand. On average, hopper cars hold up to 110 tons of cement. Their design lets them be unloaded from the bottom which means it’s both easier to load and unload the transport, reducing costs for shippers and the railroads.

With shorter walls and a longer design, gondolas are designed to transport things like aggregate material and steel scrap. Due to the importance of aggregate material, the product is run from source to destination in dedicated gondolas, minimizing switching and reconfiguration of the train. This ensures that the aggregate is moved in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible. Along with barges, rail transport features a lower cost per ton-mile.

Barges

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Crushed stone is one of the most common forms of aggregate and is one suitable for barge transport if a company has access to nearby navigable waterways. Material that can be loaded via radial stacker or overland conveyor is one that can also be hauled by barge and boat. Generally, aggregate is very heavy, and thus very costly to process and transport in bulk—but many locations across the country don’t have local sources of common raw materials. This means companies have to devise ways of reducing the cost of transport while ensuring a somewhat steady supply of aggregate to destinations in need.

Raw materials such as sand, rock, and gypsum are all capable of being moved by waterway. The majority of bulk aggregate still has to be moved by truck for it to reach a barge, but this remains one of the more cost-effective options for many metropolitan areas who lack a local source of construction aggregate.

Standard barges are as big as 195 ft. x 35 ft., with a typical capacity is 1,500 tons; however, there are newer barges that can be up to 290 ft. long and carry nearly 3,000 tons of material. On average, a tow has 15 barges, which is a lot of aggregate if each one is full. The number may decrease or increase depending on the size of the waterway, too. Common types of barges include the open hopper and covered hopper.

Overland and telescopic conveyors

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Conveyors allow companies to move a large assortment of bulk materials efficiently over long and short distances. Using an overland conveyor reduces fuel costs for truck transport by loading and unloading material from the conveyor. Conveyors come in many sizes. They can be modified to be longer or shorter, depending on your needs. A conveyor could be as short as 15 feet or longer than 1,000 feet—it all depends on the scope of your project.

Telescopic conveyors can be extended on a whim, which makes them ideal for projects that require adaptive equipment. Being extendable also offers the user more value as their length/height can be increased to meet changing needs.

If you’re planning to transport aggregate via truck, railcar, or barge, then a conveyor is essential. Overland, radial stacker, and telescopic conveyors can all be used to load or unload material quickly and efficiently.

Overview of transporting aggregate

The transportation of aggregate has to be done efficiently to be cost-effective for companies. Eliminating operational costs like fuel and labor can be done by implementing a conveyor system, which unloads aggregate into a barge or gondola. Transporting raw material in this fashion saves on the cost of drivers and truck fuel, reducing time, and money spent.



How to Keep Production and Maintenance Costs Down

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Learning how to keep production and maintenance costs down requires staying on schedule and being judicious with your capital. High initial capital expenses like equipment and machine purchases can set you back if you fall behind schedule, or have to perform maintenance/repairs on them. Losing production time and paying out of pocket for equipment repairs will easily cost you progress, and hurt your budget. The good news is there are a couple ways to keep production and maintenance costs down without working 16 hours days or running your machines ragged.

Have a strategy in place and taken care of by the professionals

Whether you’re paying them yourself or they’re coming from a rental company, performing regular maintenance on your equipment is one of the best ways to ensure the longevity of your investments. Without regular servicing, equipment is likely to break down and halt production completely—that’s when you start losing money.

Regular maintenance offers the biggest ROI on equipment purchases

Contractors working on equipment

Good maintenance will help maximize production, and thus your profit. Maintenance helps companies control costs and service intervals, reducing downtime and increasing resale value. Since depreciation is such a serious problem for operations that own their equipment, recovering as much of that original capital expense can be a huge benefit to the budget.

No downtime by performing proper maintenance

Cutting back on downtime is the simplest way of reducing production costs. Nothing kills production quicker than equipment breaking down. Then you’re faced with the hassle of repairing it, delaying the job, and before you know it, you’re behind and you’ve spent more out of pocket than you made in a day’s work.

Prevention and monitoring cuts back on idling time

Monitoring machine performance is part of a good maintenance routine. Keeping an eye on how any piece of equipment is functioning on a regular basis helps keep you ahead of problems, such as idling. If you can decrease the idling time between loading and unloading operations, that saves time and money during production. This can be done by maximizing utilization and keeping up with maintenance. Something like telematics—machine-to-machine communication—with a fleet management system can be used to track maintenance intervals, check engine codes, and eliminate surprise issues and guesswork.

Only use trained professionals

If you employ your own team of technicians and maintenance personnel, make sure they have the proper training to understand the equipment being used in your operation. Improper or inadequate maintenance can reduce the life of your equipment; but skillful servicing can easily help you get the most out of your equipment, saving you money.

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Staying within budget is an important part of any operation. Learning to maximize benefits and minimize costs can be a juggling act, but it is possible to keep production and maintenance costs down without breaking your back. Renting your equipment is one worthwhile alternative to eliminating maintenance costs and downtime due to repairs. If you own your equipment, investing in trained personnel specialized in your equipment can deliver a very noticeable ROI on your investments.



Conveyor Systems 101

The first known conveyor system was built in 1795, consisting of leather belts on wooden beds, which were hand cranked by pulleys. Throughout the years, the conveyor system evolved  from wood to plastic surfaces and engines to power the system instead of by hand.

What has remained the same with conveyor systems is that they have always had one basic task: transport goods from one place to another. The very first conveyor system was used to transport farmers’ goods onto ships. As the demand and need grew for conveyor systems, different types were built to adapt.

What are Conveyor Systems?

Conveyor systems are a combination of mechanical equipment that transfers materials from one point to another. They are very popular in construction, material handling, and packaging industries. The huge advantage of conveyor systems is their ability to transport heavy materials of all kinds in bulk.

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How Do Conveyor Systems Work?

Conveyor systems—or belts—essentially work by using pulleys that loop continuously, allowing the material to pass along them. The pulleys are powered by never-ending movement from a collection of hooks, gears, buckets, belts, and rollers. The rollers act as support for the conveyor systems, preventing them from bending in the middle while moving heavy materials. Belt conveyors are most commonly used for transporting material; while roller conveyors are typically used for accumulating products. It’s important to take into consideration the size and weight of the material being transported to decide which conveyor is best for your project.

Types of Conveyor Systems

  • Radial stackers
  • Overland conveyors
  • Transfer conveyors
  • Railcar loading and unloading conveyors
  • Barge loading and unloading conveyors
  • Pit conveyors

While there are many other kinds of conveyor systems built for a wide range of industries, these are the ones that we specifically deal with.

Radial Stackers

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Radial stacking conveyors are a cost-effective solution for the stockpiling of mining and other materials. The conveyor allows materials to be placed in stockpiles wherever you need them and processed quickly. Radial stackers can also be used within a series of stackers to get the job done quicker than conventional fixed conveyors.

Standard ranges for radial stackers cover about 4 belt widths, each of which have five different lengths. These standard radial stacking conveyors have a range of capacity from 200 to 1,200 tons per hour.

Overland Conveyors

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Typically, overland conveyors are about 30 to 84 inches wide and have the ability to take on 15,000 tons per hour. Overland conveyors are exactly what they sound like—conveyors that are above the ground and elevated, covering large distances. Longer overland conveyors have to take into account for deceleration and acceleration from going up and down hills. This must be accounted for when selecting the mechanical and electrical systems, as well as the brakes and drives.

Transfer Conveyors

Specially designed for a multitude of tasks, transfer conveyors are built to both elevate and decline to be able to transfer materials. They include a transfer conveyor belt that allows the system to adjust the height, depending on the incline. Transfer conveyor belts allow the material to transfer from one conveyor to another using dividers and separators that guide it along its path. They tend to work great with materials that do not have a flat bottom, and can save you space when you need to transfer materials or parts on a conveyor system that needs a 90-degree angle turn.

Portable Conveyors

Portable conveyors are thriving in the construction industry. These types of conveyors are anticipated to continue to grow in usage in North America, Europe, and Asia in the near future. Portable conveyors are mostly rented for certain projects where the equipment needs to be transported, or if it is just a short-term project. Portable sections of conveyors are usually used for loading packages on the back of an over-the-road truck.

Railcar Conveyor Systems

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Railcar conveyor systems typically operate on vacuum or pressure systems that continuously load and transfer material. The advantage of a railcar conveyor system is that it allows for constant material flow at high rates and over long distances. This continuous flow helps to eliminate any blockage or obstructions by intermittently starting and stopping the material flow.

Barge Loading and Unloading Conveyor Systems

If your project consists of freights or boats to transport material, then a barge loading and unloading conveyor system is a must. This conveyor system allows you to quickly load and unload from the boat using options like power radial wheels, heavy-duty or vulcanized belts, and a conveyor system that can be raised or lowered by hydraulics. They usually come in a wide variation of sizes to fit the needs of your project, with standard belt widths ranging from 24 to 60 inches, depending on the conveyor type. When used with overland and stockpiling conveyors, you can reduce heavy equipment fuel charges and allow for the highest stockpiling height.



Screening Equipment 101

The machine handling industry is a diverse place where each machine has a specific job to do. These machines often work together to produce the end product. In a vast market, it’s not always easy to understand the part each machine plays in the bigger picture.

You have to know what it takes to break material down into sellable product, and screening equipment is a pivotal piece in that process. For the second part of our Equipment 101 series, we’ll explain how screening equipment works, where it fits into the machine handling process, and how Kemper can help. Read on for everything you need to know about screening equipment:

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Crushing Equipment 101

Mining, aggregate and mineral processing, recycling, and other material handling plants usually need to reduce the size of their raw materials to create something sellable. Once their raw material is mined, harvested, or collected, it needs to be broken down into something closer to the end-product.

This is where crushing equipment comes in. Crushers are an important part of a full circuit material handling plant. They’re usually the first or second step, after the raw material arrives.

For the first installation of our Equipment 101 series, we’ll take a look at everything you need to know about crushing equipment. Kemper’s experienced team knows what it takes to turn raw material to a profitable product. Read on to learn more about how crushing equipment fits into material handling, and how Kemper can help:

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