Flender Power Transmission has supplied its popular FZG gear units for two coal export terminals in north-east
Both projects are being managed by global leader in rock and mineral processing equipment, Metso Minerals (UK) Ltd.
Metso project manager Chris Weeks, who has been specifying Flender gear units for 25 years, confirmed the Flender FZG’s reputation was a major influencing factor:
“It has proven to be a reliable and economical unit, and in combination with a Siemens drive fully meets our requirements.”
The largest of the two projects is at Qinhuandao, with the other project at Rizhao. Flender FZG units were first specified at Rizhao in 1984 – and are still operating on the existing dumpers and railcar marshalling systems. The current expansion project began in 2004 and will be completed early in 2006.
For Qinhuandao Flender supplied gear units for three triple unit train car dumper systems, containing two drive assemblies per line for the dumper drives. Each set comprised 250 kW drives with FZGs (size K3DM13) having extended centre distances, Siemens motors with VVVF drives, and three sets of brakes (two high-speed, one low-speed), along with Flender Zapex couplings.
For the marshalling systems, each indexer machine is powered by 12 vertically mounted drive units (36 in total), fitted with torque limiting couplings, brakes and planetary gear units with extended shaft cartridges and pinions. These units incorporate 90 kW Siemens motors, controlled by VVVF drives. Coal from trains will be unloaded at a rate of 7200 tons per hour per dumper system.
Special base frame assemblies were also constructed to provide cradle stops as well as lock mechanisms for maintenance. Bearing pedestals and spacer couplings covered spans of up to 20 metres, and special pinions were also included.
For the Rizhao project, Flender supplied gear units for two tandem car dumper and marshalling systems handling random railcars. Coal from trains will be unloaded at a rate of 3600 tons per hour per dumper system.
Both projects are being installed and commissioned at the time of writing.
Metso Minerals (UK) Ltd has supplied over 250 railcar dumper systems worldwide, many of which feature Flender drive units.
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