Richwood Highlights Challenges with Load Zones

Load Zones really can be worry free yet frequently these busy points on the conveyor can be a source of real problems. Common challenges include material spillage, escaping dust and safety issues.

For a load zone to be worry free, there are some important steps to consider. A fundamentals checklist would include:

1. Establishing constant belt elevation
2. Proper belt support
3. Impact protection
4. Containment of bulk material
5. Wear protection
6. Sealing of dust and fines.

The examples below followed these fundamentals and were transformed from sources of continual headaches into load zones that are trouble free. When belts are running efficiently, you can put the focus back where it belongs, on productivity.

Richwood Industries

BEFORE: Barge Unloader running Clean Coal 2”- Belt Width: 72” Belt Speed: 625 fpm and TPH: 4000.

AFTER: Safer work environment, no longer need a vacuum truck when previously it was necessary 2-3 times a week.


Richwood Industries

BEFORE: Load Out Facility, Coal – Belt Width: 60”    Belt Speed 1100+ fpm   TPH 6000+.

AFTER: Made load zone corrections to stabilize the load and provide support for successful material containment.


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    Richwood designs innovative solutions for the worldwide bulk material handling industry. We provide clean conveyors and sealed and protected load zones with site specific solutions for some of the busiest mines in the world. When Richwood solutions are in place, you benefit from lowered maintenance costs, safer work areas and more efficient operations. Rely on Richwood!