The Almex Sectional Vulcanizer was the press of choice based on ultimate portability, and splicing performance. Overland Conveyor System designed and carried out by Canada Conveyor Belt Ltd., belting supplied by Goodyear, Canada.
The Los Pelambres Overland Conveyor System is comprised of three, 1800 mm, ST 7800, conveyors which run downhill through a series of tunnel systems. The overall length of the system is 12,700 m with the longest section being 5,630 m in length. The conveyor has a full running capacity of 8,700 mtph.
With exacting standards for splice performance the first vulcanizer supplied from FC Manufacturing was not able to pass Goodyears tests for temperature accuracy. Shaw Almex was asked to build and ship the vulcanizer in a record 19 days and airfreight it from Canada to Australia.
Almex Sectional vulcanizer splicing an ST 6800 high strength steel cord belt in Chile.
The Collahuasi mine, the fourth largest copper mine in the world is situated in Northern Chile. 17 km of 72” (1829 mm) wide ST 6300 conveyor belts were used, conveying highly abrassive copper ore at a rate of 200,000 tons per day over a distance of 8.5 km.