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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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Considerations For An Optimal Conveyor Transfer Chute Design

Conveyor transfer chute problems are often expensive. Close attention in the design phase can prevent or at least minimize them.  Consider for example a chute that keeps blocking. Each time it happens material handling operations come to a halt and product spills. There is disruption and waste, both of which could be avoided with a […]

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Improving Transfer Assembly For A Buchanan Coal Mine

In December of 2019, West River Conveyors had the opportunity to complete a coal transfer assembly line for leading coal producer Buchanan Mines. Specifically built to accommodate the growing needs of the mining operation, this transfer assembly project required professionalism and hands-on experience while developing a unique and compact design. West River Conveyor’s 35 years […]

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Conveying Sand For An Aggregate Producer In Cottageville, South Carolina

West River Conveyors recently completed the shipping and installation process of a 1,000-foot overland conveyor system, specifically built to accommodate the large scale operations of well-known commercial aggregate producer Blue Water Industries. The project required an enormous amount of cooperation between shipment specialists and installation technicians, as well as West River Conveyors deep base of […]

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COVID-19 Update

To West River Conveyors Customers and Colleagues West River Conveyors & Machinery Company recognizes that most of our customers and colleagues are affected by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. While West River Conveyors will remain open during this time, extra precautionary measures are being taken to ensure the safety of our employees and their families, vendors […]

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Mining Conveyor Belt Comparison

Multi-ply? Straight warp? Steel cord? Something else? There’s more than just these categories of mining conveyor belt types that you need to consider when comparing equipment for your applications.  Sure, material type plays a huge role in what kind of mining conveyor belt you choose since operations typically occur in more demanding environments, but other […]

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Leveraging Dust Containment Systems For Conveyors

Dust and work sites aren’t a good marriage, as dust can cause a variety of health issues for workers, safety issues on job sites and mechanical issues. It’s a big part of the reason why conveyor dust control should be a point of emphasis on work sites, especially in mines and quarries where dust is […]

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