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UNDERSTANDING AND EXTENDING THE LIFE OF YOUR CONVEYOR COMPONENTS

A mining conveyor, or any other conveyor used for moving rock, ore, or aggregate, represents a substantial investment. It needs to work hard and stoppages for maintenance or repairs are expensive. West River Conveyors engineers conveyor systems for the harsh environments they’ll be placed into, but there’s no avoiding wear and the need to replace […]

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Maximizing the Lifespan of Your Conveyor Belts

Material handling operations come to a halt when a conveyor belt needs replacing. Even when scheduled, that’s expensive, but if the replacement was unplanned costs rise dramatically.  The way to minimize this cost and disruption is to maximize conveyor belt lifespan. Taking good care of belts starts with how the system is designed and extends […]

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How To Choose A Mining Conveyor Belt

There are multiple moving parts and components that help power a conveyor system. Idlers, winches, bearings, couplings, gearboxes, motors, fluid couplings, and scrapers work together in unison to transport materials from Point A to Point B. One of the more often overlooked parts of a conveyor setup is none other than the belt itself. This […]

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DAILY AND PERIODIC MAINTENANCE FOR CONVEYORS AND PARTS

Mining conveyors are a marvel of modern engineering. They’re built tough to withstand the rigors of moving thousands of tons of rock, sand, gravel, and aggregate to their final destination. However, like all complex machinery, mining conveyors require ongoing maintenance to help ensure peak performance while reducing downtime as much as possible. Maintenance for mining […]

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Come See WRC at MINExpo International in Las Vegas, Sept. 13-15, 2021

The MINExpo is in person this year at the Las Vegas Convention Center!  Sponsored by the National Mining Association (NMA), this is your opportunity to connect with manufacturers and industry leaders, as well as sales personnel, engineers, geologists, and operations, maintenance, and production staff. Representatives from various mining industries will be in attendance, including precious, […]

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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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