PHOENOTEC® Reinforcement System
Elsdorf, Germany: The site of the world’s largest bucket wheel excavators. RWE utilizes these excavators to remove overburden and recover coal with the largest mobile mining machines at 220 meters length, 96 meters height and weighing 13,500 tons. These enormous machines move 240,000 m³ per day at a rate of up to 40,000 tons per hour.
These production requirements exert the highest demands not only in the volume conveyed but in moving rocks measured in square meters. From a height of up to 18 m, material, sometimes containing rocks as big as the blocks of the Cheops Pyramid, tumble down the conveyor systems. This is hardest work and poses a considerable challenge to the conveyor belts that move the material safely onward.
To transport this huge volume of material reliably and safely while withstanding considerable impact forces, PHOENIX supplied the world’s widest conveyor belts that are unparalleled in terms of durability.
With a belt width of 3200mm and an overall gauge of 45mm, these belts are ideally designed to withstand the forces exerted upon them. PHOENIX has designed these belts with PHOENOTEC® reinforcement system which incorporates specially designed individual transverse cords to minimize belt damage. PHOENOTEC® has been proven to withstand the highest impact forces in both laboratory and extensive field testing. It resulted in tripling the working life of the belts.