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A brief history of conveyor belts

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Brendan

The use of conveyor belts are quite recent in the history of mining, but today pay a pivotal role in moving materials efficiently both far and near.

1892 Saw the earliest inventions of Conveyor belts used for carry coal and ore.

Sandvik invented steel conveyor belts in 1901.

Richard Sutcliffe, an Irish mining engineer and inventor, invented the first underground conveyor belt that revolutionised the coal mining industry.

Today Conveyor belts are made for hundreds of applications in the mining industry from transporting of ore, to processing and are designed with specific characteristics, like oil resistance, impact resistance, temperature resistance, depending on the application.

The longest conveyor belt system in the world is in the Western Sahara, which carries ore over 98 kilometres!

The first and second longest single conveyor belts are in Western Australia where a 31 km long belt feeds a 20km long belt at the Boddington bauxite mine to the Worsley Alumina Refinery.

At Chemvulc, we manufacture a range of products for conveyor belt repair, splicing both hot and cold systems, pulley lagging, and specialized adhesives, metal primers and more! Check out our Industrial product line in our products section.

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