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Hanson Needingworth add Canning SuperDrive™ on new conveyor spur

24th January 2008

Further developments at Hanson Needingworth Quarry have seen Canning Conveyor install a SuperDrive™ mobile jib head unit to a new conveyor spur.

Installed in November the mobile unit pulls a 900 metres long x 1000mm wide existing field conveyor transporting sand and gravel at approximately 650 tph.

The implementation of the unit has been simple and effective. As excavation work progresses around one side of this conveyor the mobile jib head unit is repositioned approximately every two months. This repositioning is effected by simply hooking up to the toolbar of a wheeled loader and moving to the new position.

Powered by 2 x 55kW motors the new Canning SuperDrive™ motorized drums have been specifically designed to power field conveyors in the mineral/aggregate industries introducing an efficient alternative to the old conventional field conveyor design. It offers many advantages such as low noise, improved safety and compactness.

Noise pollution is high on the agenda in today's modern plant and outdoor environments and as the SuperDrive™'s motor, gearbox and bearings are totally enclosed and hermetically sealed inside a steel shell this reduces operational noise down to a whisper. This enclosed shell has other benefits as it is extremely unlikely to fail due to any ingress of harmful environmental materials such as water, dust grit, chemicals and oil; additionally it will not contaminate any conveyed materials.

Alex Smiles, Quarry Manager, commented, "The mobility of this unit and its simplicity has enabled us to save precious time when moving the conveyor. The face operation is a critical bottleneck in the operation and the new head has already proved itself to be able to start fully loaded with 900m of belt and no movement of the head. It replaced a ten year old unit which was originally designed to be lifted around but weighed twice as much. This obviously presented safety issues which have now been eliminated."

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