Handling and storage solutions

Published 21 December 2011



The scope and supply of the Aumund Group to the cement industry has covered various material handling equipment options from elevators and weighfeeders to chain conveyors, surface feeders and pan conveyors to name but a few. Now, with the advance of ‘mega cement plants’ it has further designed and upgraded its equipment and with its expanding international distribution outlets, the company now serves its customers’ needs faster and more efficiently worldwide. Aumund successfully completed a number of  installations for bulk handling and storage solutions during 2011, as described by the company's Barry Woodbine in this report.

Aumund type BWG Belt-Buck elevators raise the raw meal at the Holcim Ste Genevieve mega cement plant with the clinker transport and silos in the background

The Aumund Group with its headquarters in Rheinberg, Germany, has established an enviable reputation for state-of-the-art materials handling solutions with equipment delivered to over 100 countries. Even in the very difficult financial climate of recent years, Aumund, including its German subsidiary Schade Lagertechnik, has forged ahead improving their client service and support by opening new sales operations in Russia and UAE (serving the MENA region generally) in addition to the group’s existing facilities in China, India, France, USA, Brazil, and through their subsidiary B&W Mechanical Handling of the UK.

Recent plant completions

Cementos Boyaca (Colombia) clinker conveying and
storage using the Aumund KZB pan conveyors

Starting at the quarry, Aumund has delivered examples of its heaviest apron plate feeder type BPB-SF for recent projects in locations as diverse as Lafarge Perlmooser AG’s Retznei quarry in Austria and Holcim’s Venezuelan San Sebastian plant, and there are many other examples of the BPB range in other destinations across the world.

In North Africa, Aumund has delivered multiple units of its type DPB-K weighfeeder to ERCE SpA (Cimenterie d’Ain Touta) in Algeria. Based on the deep-drawn pan design of the type KZB clinker transport, the weighfeeder incorporates a weigh rail with load cells to measure the mass per unit length of the conveyor. Thus with the chain speed, the output rate may be computed and with a variable frequency drive (VFD), the system set up for blending to a common conveying system.

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