The nineteenth Beltcon Conference will provide the South African materials handling and mining sector with an update on practical and theoretical developments in the international industry, bringing “all that is noteworthy and new in conveying techniques” to the local market, says the organising committee.
Distinguished speakers from around the world, including Chile, India, South Africa, Australia and the US, will cover topics such as dynamic and fatigue analysis of bulk materials, conveyor system capacity upgrade design considerations, technical evaluation of coal silo failure mechanisms, energy efficient rail conveyors, proactive thinking on conveyor belt fire safety, active winch take-up systems, overland conveyor design and troughed belt turnover finite element analysis.
Beltcon, supported by the Conveyor Manufacturers Association, runs concurrently with the biannual International Materials Handling Conference and Exhibition, which this year will be held at St George’s Hotel, in Pretoria, from August 2 to 3. The event, which will include a showcasing of products relevant to the conveying industry, has been running for 36 years, thanks to an organising committee comprising members of the South African materials conveying industry.
“Organised for the industry by the industry” is, thus, not simply the event’s catch phrase, the committee emphasises, but a true reflection of the conveying industry’s dedication to providing new and current developments in materials handling and related fields.
Beltcon, the organising committee highlights, is recognised as one of the foremost international conferences bringing progress, breakthrough research and innovative information to members of the mining industry. “It is a conference that, through the years, has gained global stature by attracting eminent and knowledgeable researchers and speakers.”
Registered delegates for the conference will be credited by the Engineering Council of South Africa with two continuous professional development points. Delegates include owners, managers, decision-makers, designers, engineers, technicians and manufacturers of bulk materials handling systems and conveyor belts.