Power play

Paul Boughton

Robust and reliable power transmission and motion control products are vital to the global mining industry

As the scale of applications within the mining industry increases, so the demands on the plant and equipment increase in order to reduce operating costs and improve productivity. 

An important link in the production chain is the drive coupling, which transmits the power between motor and gearbox as well as gearbox and the process equipment. Such demands require high performance couplings.

Similarly, as productivity levels rise, so the demands on the mineral transportation system increase as well. Conveyors form a very efficient method of moving the mined material away from the mine to the processing areas. However, they often have to cope with inclines, which introduce additional problems for the design engineers. In order to prevent damage to the drive train, over-running clutches are required to enable a progressive start-up of a fully laden conveyor.

In addition, high-speed back stops and caliper brake units are required to protect against roll back under load and to prevent belt run away in the event of a power failure.

Altra Industrial Motion delivers robust and reliable power transmission and motion control products that are capable of operating reliably in some of the world's most arduous conditions. Its commitment to develop new products capable of performing in such a wide range of applications is demonstrated by the latest innovations produced across many of its 20 well known brands.

Altra is a provider of clutches and brakes for many mining applications, including longwall miners, conveyors, mine hoists and stacker/reclaimers.

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