The Beckum-based BEUMER Group is offering complete customised system solutions for the bulk materials industry on a turnkey basis to meet the evolving needs of their clients.
Clients today increasingly prefer to work with manufacturers who not only supply everything from one source but also undertake the complete execution of the project to the point of turnkey handover. With a global network of affiliations, BEUMER Group develops customised system solutions for conveying and loading, palletising and packaging, and sortation and distribution systems, and has turned main contractor on behalf of its customers.
Dr Gerd Oberheuser, Head of System Technology at the BEUMER Group observes that more and more clients want to commission their systems in a turnkey state. Also known as Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) or Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM), which is an enhanced form of project management, the trend can be seen in many parts of the bulk materials industry.
BEUMER’s comprehensive portfolio for the bulk materials industry
The BEUMER Group acquired Enexco Teknologies India Limited in 2011 as part of its business expansion in India and was able to strengthen its presence, particularly in the cement industry with a portfolio comprising of horizontal and vertical belt conveyor systems, belt bucket elevators, heavy-duty bucket elevators for particularly large delivery rates and heights, and steel cell conveyors fitted with chains or belts for clinker. The intralogistics specialist also provides grinding mills, silos and systems for filling, palletising, packaging and loading.
BEUMER system solutions such as belt conveyors are not only deployed in the cement and mining industries but also increasingly in the coal industry as well as in power stations.
According to Dr Oberheuser, contracts are often only placed on an EPC basis, which means that BEUMER’s responsibilities go beyond simply supplying the equipment, to the design of the entire system, installation, commissioning and the instruction of subcontractors. To meet these needs, BEUMER has set up competence centres in the Czech Republic and Austria as well as its headquarters in Beckum, and in North America to cover research and development, sales, project management and purchasing tasks.
BEUMER’s solutions help users to work more cost effectively and in a more environment-friendly manner. BEUMER belt conveyors enable companies to transport large quantities of bulk material from the quarry or mine to the factory or port as cost effectively and as quickly as possible. There are several downsides to using trucks for the same purpose, especially the cost factor in terms of operating costs, emissions and personnel costs. Belt conveyors enable material to be transported much faster than by truck thanks to the direct route, and can be operated with significantly fewer personnel. The low energy consumption also reduces CO2 emissions.
Cost-effective and environment-friendly conveying
Belt conveyors can overcome long distances, steep gradients and tight curves, and can be individually matched to the particular task and topography. The durable, tension-resistant conveyor belts are made by BEUMER using various calculation programs to determine the optimum belt design after factoring in tensile forces, acceleration and deceleration forces, the intrinsic weight of the belt and the transported material. Advance feasibility studies are also provided by BEUMER.
Belt conveyors can be designed to overcome broken terrain and other obstacles such as rivers, roads, buildings or rail tracks. Horizontal and vertical curves in the routing can also be overlapped. Open troughed belt conveyors can be provided for higher throughputs and larger mass flows as well as larger curve radii to meet specific requirements, while enclosed pipe conveyors can be provided for products that need to be protected against exposure to the environment.
Dr Oberheuser explains that overland conveyors with horizontal curves and lengths of up to 20km can be installed depending on the landscape and environmental conditions. Gradients of up to 15 degrees can also be realised depending on the characteristics of the materials to be conveyed. Post installation maintenance and service requirements are the same as with a straight conveyor.