Superior Industries first introduced telescopic conveyor technology into its products back in 1997. Since then, the 40-year-old company has manufactured almost 1,000 conveyors equipped with the technology.
In marine terminal applications, a TeleStacker conveyor’s internal telescopic conveyor allows the equipment to extend an additional 30 percent. This means the shiploader reaches out to multiple hatches from the same feed point. In addition, while positioned over a hatch, extension and retraction of the telescopic conveyor means fully trimmed hatches.
“We know of one client who compared a unit without this conveyor technology to one of our telescopic units,” said Jarrod Felton, a vice present at Superior Industries. “According to their load sequence, our telescopic conveyor reduced the amount of moves required to load their vessel from 35 to seven.”
In addition, Superior said a commitment to conveyor mobility is another variable for accelerated load times. TeleStacker conveyors can be manufactured with expanded mobility packages at both the feed-point or tail of the conveyor and at its radial or drive tires.
Often manufactured with track technology, portability at the shiploader’s feed-point allows for rapid relocation from hold-to-hold and simplifies movement on, off and throughout a terminal or port. In addition to the 360-degree rotation at the tail, the conveyor’s drive tires are equipped to move inline, transversely and radially.
“We have invested a lot of time into products that focus on conveyor mobility,” said Felton. “In fact, our founder started this business after seeing a need for better portable conveying equipment. Since then, we have manufactured more than 5,000 mobile conveyors.”
Lastly, Superior said it is intentionally armed with a massive engineering department to work closely with clients on custom, individual applications and specifications. Common to any port or terminal client, local environment plays a crucial role in how each shiploader is individually designed.
Common components and conveyor enhancements include galvanized or epoxy finishes, belt covers, dust suppression/extraction systems, onboard power, remote controls, spillage defense, telescopic chutes, hoppers and a multitude of other options.
Superior’s experience includes engineering and manufacturing work of some of the most complexly engineered conveyors, including the world’s highest capacity mobile telescopic radial travel conveyor. The 72-in. (180 cm) wide by 190-ft. (58 m) long unit moves 5,000 tons per hour (4,536 t) at the Port of Tampa in Tampa, Fla.
For more information, call 320/589-2406 or visit www.superior-ind.com.
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