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Beltcon 19, The International Materials Handling Conference and Exhibition

Pretoria, South Africa. 2–3 August 2017

Beltcon Does it Again!
Beltcon 19 took place during the first week in August, 2017, in Pretoria, South Africa. This conference, held every second year for an astonishing 38 years, chalked up yet another success for the International Materials Handling Conference organisers.

In the words of one delegate, 'I find it fascinating that Beltcon attracts top global engineers who present and share their knowledge with the industry.'This sums up precisely the values upon which the conference is based –providing a platform for local and international experts to present the latest research, current techniques and future trends in the materials handling industry.

There are few world class conferences specifically related to the materials handling industry and Beltcon stands out as one of the finest, attracting eminent and accomplished speakers and researchers from around the world. It is a forum for interactive exchange of knowledge and innovation over a concentrated time period which, a delegate said, 'would otherwise take years to research.'

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Beltcon 18, The International Materials Handling Conference and Exhibition

Pretoria, South Africa. 28 August 2015

The International Materials Handling Conference (IMHC) – Beltcon 18, took place in Johannesburg, South Africa on August 5 and 6, 2015. Held once every two years, this marked the 38th year that the materials handling industry enjoyed presentations of the latest trends in conveyor transport, new technology and case studies presented by international and local experts. A record of which the IMHC is justifiably proud!

 

This year brought some changes into the subject line-up. More papers on practical topics were introduced, such as basic computer maintenance, chute design essentials, engineering tools for noise reduction and the correct approach for designing idler rollers. In addition, a number of papers were aimed at the design houses addressing such things as operatingconveyor systems with reduced energy, and case studies illustrating design vs actual outcomes and lessons learned over several years of plant operation. Aramid belting and splicing was discussed, as was materials handling storage design. Topics also covered idler bearing misalignment on bearing life, protectionand monitoring of belting, variant lagging friction coefficients and implications, and bottom cover failure from idlers and pulleys.

 

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