16 May Testing the limits of hydraulic engineering
Armoured Face Conveyor (AFC) haulage systems are an extremely common method of extracting and moving coal in longwall applications. Servicing and upgrades of this machinery can prove challenging, especially in confined underground environments.
Because of the unique design of AFC chain, traditional tensioners are not usually compatible. With the aim to address this issue, a boutique mechanical consultancy in Wollongong sought the expertise of CRAM to develop a more robust tensioning machine, with a system operating pressure of 450 bar maximum.
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