The FDC (Flow Dynamics Conveyor), supplied under a license from Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., is a new, idlerless, air supported high-speed belt conveyor, using air floating technology to handle any kind of bulk materials.
With modern developments, several industries demand a material handling technology able to reduce both capital and operation costs as well as offering a solution that meets stringent environmental requirements. The FDC air-supported belt conveyor has proven to be a more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly technology than any other similar technology.
The FDC is composed of a rubber belt conveyor, enclosed in a steel pipe, that transports the material while supported by a cushion of slow moving and low-pressure air. Bulk materials can be handled with no spillage and no contamination of the environment in a noiseless and smooth operation. The FDC power demand for the pressurized air is far lower than the one required by pneumatic conveyors to transport fly ash for instance. Compared to the FDC, conventional rubber belt conveyors require more power to overcome the friction of the rotating parts.
The FDC has now been installed in hundreds of plants, with transportation capacity up to 6,000 t/h and distance over 1,200 m.