AIMEX Preview: World’s largest mobile conveyor

The world’s largest mobile conveyor is headed to Sydney in September, with the Putzmeister Telebelt TB200 to be displayed at Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX).

Featuring a 62 metre placement conveyor, 22 metre feed conveyor and a maximum throughput of 7.65 cubic metres per minute or one and a quarter Olympic sized swimming pools per day, the TB200 will be presented by Australian industrial supplier Mobile Conveying Services during the show.

Suited to a range of industrial bulk material applications beyond mining, the TB200 provides greater production efficiency by eliminating frequent relocation, the need for multiple machines and conveyor loading systems. The independent slew of the feed conveyor and placement belt also provide productivity advantages, with the telescoping of the placement belt allowing larger areas to be processed.

“The TB200 on show is the only one in the world available for wet hire and project work, and is available for regional work as well as work in Australia. It suits large scale bulk handling work such as backfilling tailings dams, mine reclamation, port development and work on large scale hard stands.” Graeme Cooney, managing director of Mobile Conveying Services, said.

With cost savings an ever-present challenge for mining companies throughout the Asia-Pacific region, particularly with reduced commodity prices and global economic volatility, the TB200 provides significant cost advantages as placement or set-up ground preparation is not required, which makes it suitable for projects involving sensitive or unstable ground and backfilling.

“Compared to dump trucks dumping at the face, there is no need to build, maintain and move a haul road. There are no safety and congestion issues with dump trucks backing up to a face on ground that may cause stability issues with the dump body raised. On one job the TB200 backfilled caissons [water-tight retaining structures for foundations] for a port development from land, where the alternative would have been to do this from a barge, at considerably greater expense.” Mr Cooney explained.

Cooney described AIMEX as being “nationally and internationally important in bringing together the suppliers and users of equipment and services for the mining and resources sector.”