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Mining Conveyor Belt Maintenance

The belts that power your mining conveyor are the weakest link in your conveyor system. Despite recent advances in technology, and an estimated lifespan of anywhere from three to ten years, your belts still require ongoing maintenance. Weather, extreme temperatures, and abrasive materials can significantly shorten their lifespan and potentially cause a catastrophic failure. As […]

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WHAT DOES AN UNDERGROUND CONVEYOR SYSTEM COST?

While there are other ways of bringing material to the surface, nothing beats an underground conveyor. A custom-engineered conveyor system is fast, safe, and reliable. It doesn’t emit any fumes, can be installed in ways that leave passageways clear for workers and provides the lowest cost per ton moved. An underground conveyor is different from […]

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HOW MUCH DOES AN OVERLAND (SURFACE) CONVEYOR SYSTEM COST?

The cost of an overland conveyor system is related to the distance it needs to cover, but only in part: there are other factors involved, too. Here we’ll explain what’s included in an overland conveyor package and how application characteristics influence cost. WHEN & WHY OVERLAND CONVEYORS ARE USED  The purpose of an overland conveyor […]

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CONVEYOR TRANSFER CHUTES FOR DUST CONTROL

If your bulk material handling operation is struggling with dust, the transfer chutes you’re using might be part of the problem. West River Conveyors engineers transfer chutes for bulk materials ranging from coal and potash to ore, salt, and fly ash. These are designed and built for durability, reliability, and safety, and dust control is […]

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UNDERSTANDING SHAFT ALIGNMENT OPTIONS FOR CONVEYOR DRIVES

Shaft alignment takes on critical importance when you’re dealing with high horsepower motors. The least amount of angular misalignment or lateral displacement will lead to vibration, accelerated wear, and possibly even a catastrophic failure. This is a particular issue with the heavy-duty conveyors used in mining, quarrying, and other aggregate transport applications. These conveyors carry […]

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The Top Three Conveyor Issues & How To Avoid Them

It’s not uncommon for large, complex machinery to develop issues that can impact its efficiency or operation, and conveyors are definitely no exception.  With a myriad of moving parts, all working 24/7 at maximum output, the possibility of something breaking down is fairly high. A conveyor that isn’t operating correctly can result in productivity loss, […]

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West River Invests in PCR42 Structural Steel Plasma Cutting Robot

Robotics has long dominated the manufacturing industry but is traditionally less common in structural steel fabrication shops. This is mainly due to the customized nature of the projects that come out of these operations.   When people think of robots in the manufacturing world, it’s often for repetitive tasks, such as auto assembly lines. With recent […]

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Engineers Guide to Overland Conveyors

For moving large volumes of aggregate an overland conveyor offers many advantages over trucks. However, deciding between the two approaches requires a detailed understanding of what’s involved in setting up a conveyor system.  This guide addresses the main points to consider: Material Transport Requirements The Conveyor Environment Loading & Unloading Budget Project Timeline Material Transport […]

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West River Conveyors wins the 2020 SVAM Manufacturer of the Year Award

West River Conveyors & Machinery Company was recently awarded the 2020 Manufacturer of the Year Award by the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing (SVAM). In a virtual ceremony held on October 21, 2020, the award was presented to the company via Zoom by Lennie Gail Mitcheum, Executive Director of SVAM. This award recognizes significant industry […]

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The Advantages of Overland Conveyors vs. Mining Trucks

The debate of whether to use a fleet of trucks or conveyors to move millions of tons of aggregate from the job site to the processing plant is not a new one. Proponents of the truck method claim that it’s much cheaper to purchase a few vehicles versus setting up a custom conveyor system. While […]

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