Beltcon 17 - The International Materials Handling Conference and Exhibition

From Conveyor Manufacturing Association.

Cutting edge technology promoting the excellence of belt conveying…

Tuesday August 6 and Wednesday August 7 will see two days of stimulating and informative papers presented by local and international experts in the fields of materials handling and belt conveying.

Interesting, controversial and current case studies, new data, new products, the latest technology and lively discussions make Beltcon 17 a must attend conference for decision makers, designers, engineers and manufacturers in the mining and materials handling industries.

Now in its 34th year, the Materials Handling Conference and Exhibition is held every two years and is regarded as one of the foremost technical conferences of its kind, drawing delegates from all over the world.  The concurrent exhibition is also a popular attraction.

Delegates attending the conference can claim credit points towards the ECSA continuous professional development requirements.

Accommodation is available at the conference venue.

The International Materials Handling Conference and Exhibition - Beltcon 17

Tuesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre.  Johannesburg.  South Africa

This conference is organised by a dedicated Committee of volunteers from the South African conveyor industry and will appeal to owner decision makers, designers, engineers, manufacturers and constructors in the sphere of belt conveying.

What is the IMHC?

The International Materials Handling Conference was formed in 1981 to organise the very first Beltcon conference. In 1983 Beltcon 2 was held and thereafter every two years. In 2011 the sixteenth conference was held on 3 and 4 August.

To register for Beltcon 17, click here to download the registration form



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The Beltcon Preliminary programme includes the following presentations, talks and announcements – please note that it is subject to change without notice. The accompanying exhibition will be on throughout the duration of the show and times will be set aside to ensure all delegates can visit it as well.

  • Lou Kilian of Exxaro - My brother’s keeper
  • Katlego Makgata - Application of quality control procedures for conveyor belt installations
  • Announcement - The new SANS 971
  • Ryan Lemmon - Belt transitions analysis by finite element analysis
  • Gabriel Lodewijks - The application of flywheels on belt conveyors
  • Announcement - Splice training
  • Alan Exton - Non-gravity take-up technology
  • Lorinda Lakay - An overview of the common conveyor drive failures
  • John Elkink - Debottlenecking coarse ore conveyor systems
  • Dave Pitcher - Determination of minimum pulley diameters for belt conveyors
  • ·  Ben-Piet Terblanche - The practical effects of various idler configurations on belt tracking
  • Announcement - TBSA
  • Daniel Ausling - Bulk solid and conveyor belt interactions during transport
  • Lorinda Lakay - The practical effects of variable speed drive use on the conveyor speed reducer
  • Gabriel Lodewijks - Belt de-tensioning in dips
  • Lennart Schulz - Optimisation of the vulcanisation process for splicing steel cord conveyor belts using a new heating method
  • Announcement - Static shaft pulleys
  • David Kruse - The value of field measurements on overland conveyors
  • Andreas Oberrauner - Essentials on in-pit crushing and conveying (IPCC)
  • David Hastie - The current state and future requirements of continuous haulage systems for underground gateroad development
  • Dave Pitcher - Calculation of correct radii for vertical curves in troughed belt conveyors
  • Paul Munzenberger - Advances in predicting the indentation rolling resistance of conveyor belts

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