STEEL BELT CONVEYORS FOR SEVERE CONDITIONS since 1929

SOCOCIM

THE CHALLENGE

The clinker to be conveyed was very hot, therefore the conventional Apron-based conveyor, using chains, encountered several operation problems. That conveyor was not able to meet the required reliability and minimum belt lifetime specifications. While conveying, clinker leaked through the gaps between the pans and the chains were frequently weakened due to an uneven heating and cooling cycle. The retrofit of the apron conveyor with the Magaldi Superbelt® overcame all the above problems. The existing frames and supporting structures were reused with minor modifications in order to reduce the CAPEX project.

 

THE CUSTOMER

Sococim, based in Senegal (Africa), is a cement factory founded in 1978. It belongs to the Vicat Group from France, which has wide experience in the world cement industry and operates in three principal business segments, namely Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete and Aggregates.

 

THE SOLUTION

In 1987, Magaldi installed the Superbelt® conveyor, 40 m long and 1.0 m wide, retrofitting the existing apron conveyor by using the existing frames and supporting structures. This type of retrofit project is suitable both for apron and rubber conveyor belts since the design of the Magaldi Superbelt® is very similar to conventional conveyors. Often, it is also possible to reuse head and tail drums, bearings and pillow blocks, motors and gearboxes, and take-up units.
The retrofit was done by installing a Magaldi “E type” Superbelt® conveyor inclined at 54°. This steel belt is provided with cleats for conveying bulk materials at a very steep inclination. It is used instead of corrugated side walls rubber conveyor belts, bucket elevators and deep pan conveyors.
To date, the Superbelt® conveyor is working 24/7, conveying 150 t/h of hot cement clinker at about 680 °C. This application is one of the most challenging ever designed by Magaldi.

 

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