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Beltcon20 | Date: 31 July and 1 August 2019 | Venue: St George Hotel and Conference Centre, Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa.


...organised for the industry, by the industry

Beltcon20 was held on the 31 July and 1 August 2019 at St George Hotel and Conference Centre, Irene, Gauteng, South Africa. Now in its 40th year, this prestigious conference is recognised worldwide as a valuable resource in bringing the very latest developments in materials handling to a wide audience. Up-to-date research, new conveyor techniques, report-backs on methodology and installations and new technology are presented by some of the most eminent international conveying specialists. Beltcon draws on the expertise of distinguished speakers from academia, researchers, professional engineers working in the field and practical, hands-on conveying experts who present two days of informative and absorbing materials handling and conveying information.
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The conference programme covers a full two days of presentations, with the usual tea and lunch breaks when delegates may visit the exhibition. Delegate packs include a hard copy of the technical paper for each presentation. Two CPD credits for attendance accrue to Engineers registered with ECSA. Past papers of conferences Beltcon 1 (1981) through to Beltcon 19 (2017) are available as downloads from the Archives tab.

If you were unlucky and could not attend Beltcon 19 in 2017, please visit the Archives tab to see what you missed. All the papers are there and when you see the variety and quality, you won't want to miss the next Beltcon conference!

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Programme preview

Keynote Speaker: Wilco Uys
  • * Environmentally friendly waste disposal at coal fired power plants in harsh environmental conditions, using pipe conveyors (Matthias Pohl) Germany
  • * Belt Feeder Hoppers - the displacement needed to transition from initial to flow pressure (Colin Haupt) South Africa
  • * Gearless drive systems - low inertia and shifting alignments (Michael Thompson) United States of America
  • * Technology review and cost analysis of light gauge rail-based bulk material handling systems (Craig Wheeler) Australia
  • * Long overland conveyor design and operation (Paul Schutte) South Africa
  • * Tools and advancements in 3D pulley Finite Element Analysis for conveyor belts (David Kruse) United States of America
  • * Assessment of the braking performance of unidirectional idlers (Bryan Moore) South Africa
  • * Adder Snake: low-angle to high-angle with no transfers (Marcus J dos Santos) United States of America
  • * Design and operation of Barroso Flyingbelt (A Contin, M Colombo, S Cattaneo) Italy
  • * Pulley designing methodology in South Africa (Simon Curry) South Africa
  • * An experimental investigation into the influence of skewed idler rolls (Michael Carr) Australia
  • * In-pit crushing at Ngezi Lessons learnt (Livio Talocchino) South Africa
  • * Conveyor belt flexure resistance and AS1334:13 (Paul Munzenberger) Australia
  • * Research into induced belt stress, local to the idler junction, due to the effect of idler support configuration (Carl van der Linde) South Africa
  • * Case study: advancements in overland conveyor technologies (David Kruse) United States of America
  • * High-powered gearless drives (Mario Dilefeld) Germany
  • * The role of health and safety standards with specific reference to the CMA standard on health and safety around conveyor belt installations and the hierarchy of legislation in South African law (Jaco Swartz) South Africa
  • * Booysendal South Ropecon Project (Tiaan Hoogenboezem) South Africa


The exclusive exhibition was well supported and exhibitors reported useful contacts made and good exposure to their current and potential customers.  The exhibition is housed inside the auditorium giving direct access by all delegates to the conference. Delegates may visit the exhibition during tea and lunch breaks and before and after conferencing times. The exhibition is closed during the conference proceedings and is not open to the public. 

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