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Rail-Veyor® system provides an alternative to conveyors for bulk materials handling

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The mining, aggregate and energy sectors are facing increased demands for bulk material handling over longer distances and challenging terrain, which conventional methods such as conveyors can no longer keep up with. Rail-Veyor® Technologies Global Inc. provides technology for industrial bulk material handling where there are difficult geometries and topographies, steep inclines and longer distances to navigate.

Rail-Veyor® is a remote controlled, electrically powered light-rail haulage solution for the mining and aggregate industries. “The two-wheeled rail cars operate on a light-rail track and form a continuous open trough design that easily operates on gradients up to 20% and turns within a 30 m (95 ft) horizontal radius,” said Pat Fantin, VP of Technical Services at Rail-Veyor®. “Unlike conveyors, the Rail-Veyor® system doesn’t need transfer points. The train travels up to 8 m/s (18 mph) and can switch from constant to variable speeds. Our train design prevents roll back or spillage and the system needs no manpower for maintenance. Haulage capacities are based on train sizes, which conveyors cannot match.”

Alex Henderson, Alex Henderson Consulting Inc., commented on his experience using the system extensively underground and on the surface: “With respect to surface and underground material handling, Rail-Veyor® is more cost effective than conveyors in both time and money. The system eliminates the long construction phase after development and before production. Installing a conveyor typically takes six months. With Rail-Veyor®, you can install as you go and as soon as you hit the working face, you’re in production. In underground situations, where a second egress is mandatory, the drift used by the system can be classified as the second egress so production can be started immediately.”

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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