Tubular conveyor belts are an innovative solution developed by Continental that have been in use for a significant number of projects since the late 1980s. Each belt is designed for a specific system and reflects the associated environmental conditions.
To enable the conveyor belt to pass through the system, its carrying support rollers must be specially constructed. Due to these specific features, the development and manufacturing costs associated with such belts are extremely high. Nevertheless, in the majority of cases, the considerable benefits brought by the tubular conveyor belts quickly offset the downsides. Having continued to work on this technology, Continental has now developed the MEGAPIPE belt. Thanks to its external diameter of up to approximately 900 mm, this belt can transport at a rate of up to 9000 m3/hour (based on a transportation speed of 6 m/sec and a filling rate of 75%)!
What are the advantages of this technology?
- Creation of complex curved transportation sections using a single tubular transportation installation. “Tailoring” the system to the existing conditions on-site. This removes the need for load transfer equipment, additional homing stations and tension stations.
- Protection of the transported load from the effects of environmental exposure (snow, rain, wind, etc.) and the ecological nature of the system.
- No loss of material during transportation and the low cost of cleaning the track.
Design engineers are particularly appreciative of the following characteristic features of the conveyor belts:
- It is possible to perform extremely tight turns
- Spatial configurations of the track (3D) are possible
- Gradients of up to 35° are possible
A small relative lengthening of the belt ensures low-tension routes.