The aim of this project was very clear – to design and build a bulk reception unit that could handle throughput rates of up to 2000 tph and have the ability to receive a payload from a CAT 777 Off-Highway Rigid Haul Truck.
Most suppliers were understandably reluctant about the project but armed with over a decade of experience of designing bulk reception feeders, Telestack embraced the project with vigour and excitement. Using the latest sophisticated modelling software and a team of ports and inland terminal experts, Telestack designed and produced the TITAN T1600-8 – the largest mobile bulk reception feeder in the international market. The End User is a significant producer of construction aggregates in North America (primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel). Critical to the project was that the Client’s need to tip directly onto a unit for barge loading that would eliminate double handling of material, thus reducing cost, reduce loading time and offer a higher quality of product due to the reduction of material handling time and methods.
To transport the crushed aggregate by truck was expensive, cumbersome and not the most environmentally conscious. Furthermore due to the strategic location of this particular quarry, the transport of the majority of the aggregate product was to be achieved via river barge. Critical to the success of the project was the continuous and consistent supply of thousands of t of material, with minimal downtime and a maximum level of throughput.
The TITAN T1600-8 bulk reception feeder is a track mounted fully mobile conveyor designed to work at production rates of up to 2000 tph. Telestack’s TITAN range are designed to be loaded directly from trucks, wheel loaders, grab cranes, excavators etc. and can receive up to 60 m³ / 80 yd³. The TITAN range can be used to stockpile material, feed auxiliary equipment, reclaim to other conveyors, directly load ships / barges, trucks, rail wagons etc. and since it is track mounted the unit has excellent mobility on site, thus eliminating double handling of material which reduces overall costs for operator.
Weighing 115 t, 35 m in length and 8 m in height, the unit has a 3 m feeder belt. The unit is track mounted to allow the Operator full mobility and flexibility. Fitted with an independent diesel engine for track movement and hydraulic set up function, the unit also has all electric motors to power the conveyor belts. The dual power functionality allows the customer to connect to local site power thus reducing running costs, reduce noise, reduce maintenance and pollution and makes for an overall more economical and efficient unit.
Padraig McDermott, International Sales Manager with Telestack explains, “This has been an exciting project for Telestack and our Ports and Inland Terminals department. We were confident in our design and build as we have over 10 years’ experience of bulk reception feeders ranging from tracked, wheeled and static versions in a range of applications across the globe. Our Client is a multi-national giant and the feedback is excellent with the unit performing above expectations.”
Telestack were able to use sophisticated modelling software to help demonstrate the benefits of the Telestack technology and help understand the load and stresses that the machine would experience during the loading cycle. The cycle analysis also helped to accurately work out the tonnes per hour and cycle times. These statistics also assisted the engineering teams during the design process.
The TITAN range appeals to the ports industry because of its unique design. The reception feeder has a feed width of 6.8 m and allows the flexibility to accept material from either trucks or loaders and the range has many features that ensure that the unit has the strength to take the surge of material. The heavy duty apron chain belt feeder and trapezoidal steel apron bars absorb the stress/impact encountered from the sudden surge of material discharging onto the belt. Material is then transferred on the belt in a controlled manner and the adjustable plough permits the regulation of the feed throughout the loading process. Furthermore, the chain and sprocket driven belt ensures that there is no stalling of the feed conveyor as you might expect in the regular “roller type” belt feeder. The TITAN unit was also fitted with a ventilated chassis to allow any spilled material to be rejected, thus protecting the chain and flexible side seal skirting.
The Bulk Reception Feeder range continues to expand globally and its innovative and mobile nature ensures that the Operator has the ultimate flexible solution for handling dry bulk materials in the Port or Terminal. The 20 m radial boom with slewing function enables the Operator to trim the entire barge from the one feeding position increasing production rates and reducing production downtime. The Telestack range of barge/ship loaders are all custom designed to take into consideration the maximum free-board heights, beam and quayside widths. The range also offers an extensive range of options to ensure that the systems are designed and manufactured to meet the specific needs of the application taking into consideration the differing mobility needs, materials, power and electrical requirements of the application.
Critical to this project was the true understanding of the bulk reception feeder. Malachy Gribben, Commercial Director with Telestack explains “This is an important reference project for Telestack as it demonstrates clearly the experience behind the Telestack equipment. We have been installing static, wheeled and tracked mobile bulk reception feeders for over a decade now and we have an intricate understanding of the technology. We have another large multi-national Client who shares our confidence in the design, build and commissioning of the product. Supported every step of the way by the factory and the dealer, our TITAN range continues to grow in numbers and features. Our Telestack Ports and Inland Terminals experience is invaluable in ensuring a successful installation and our involvement from the start is important so we clearly understand the technical and commercial needs of the project that allows us to make specialist recommendations based on our international experience.”
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