ALBERTA ALBIAN SANDS ENERGY, operator of the Muskeg River oil sands mine in Fort McMurray, relies on the world’s strongest conveyor belt to move its ore. The GOODYEAR Flexsteel ST7000 steel-cable belt at the mine is the highest total-strength ever produced, according to the manufacturer.
The 94-inch-wide belt transports 14,000 tons of ore every hour from the crushers to the ore silo at the head of the processing plant. Other statistics for the world’s strongest conveyor belt include a length of 5,000 ft; 6,000 lb/inch-width operating tension; and a full-width minimum breaking strength of 4 million lb.
This belt was produced in seven equal rolls using a patented system to evenly tension and space 124 steel cords running the length of each segment. Goodyear assembled the belt using two on-site splicing methods, including Goodyear’s patented new Splice Preform, which cuts splicing time and improves performance. The world’s largest vulcanizer, measuring 26 by 9 ft and weighing 24 tons, was built to cure the belt splices.
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