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Conveyor Trial Assembly

As the fabrication phase of our Spodumene Ultrafine DMS plant draws to an end, we have begun to trial assemble sections of the plant.

Pictured below is the CAD model and constructed frame of CON02 - The conveyor which feeds the front end wash plant.

The conveyor has a 900mm belt width, is 20m long and will transfer 300 tonnes per hour into the wash plant. It is one of 27 conveyors built for the project.

When it comes to materials handling, Manhattan's design philosophy aims to achieve the following:

Ease of maintenance:

Drive systems are mounted in an accessible position at the top of the walkway, where technicians can safely and easily perform maintenance.

Access to standardised spares:

Manhattan sticks to widespread standards, and will design all conveyors in a plant to a fixed belt width where possible. In this plant design, all 27 conveyors are built according to a belt width standard of 900, 600, or 450mm. This means that all rollers, idlers, head and tail pulleys are common between conveyors of that size. This reduces the quantity and complexity of spares stockpile needed on site and streamlines manufacturing.


A standard stringer, head section and tail section design allows conveyors of varying lengths to be manufactured and assembled on a production line, which reduces lead time. Construction of these sections can also begin before the final lengths of all conveyors have been decided in the design phase. It also reduces the burden on transport and installation on site by making each conveyor easy to assemble and disassemble into manageable components designed to fit easily on a truck.

The longest conveyor line in this plant is an overland tailings conveyor system with a total length of 180 m, delivering 300 tonnes per hour to a bin which will directly feed trucks, eliminating the need for an additional front end loader.


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