Keep up with your boiler’s demanding appetite for coal!

When you’re supplying power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, the demand for your product never takes a break. Neither does your boiler’s demand for coal. So your conveyor equipment better be able to keep feeding it without fail. And because a coal-fired power plant can consume thousands of tonnes of coal every day – as well as the limestone used to control emissions – your conveyor systems have to be able to take a constant beating.

With coal, if you don’t have a system in place to contain the material during transport, it gets everywhere. Clouds of coal dust get suspended in the air. Some coal spills off the conveyor belt, especially at the transfer points, and it sticks easily to the walls of chutes, pipes, bins and silos, causing material flow issues. These problems can lead to serious safety and health risks for workers and can damage your equipment over time. Plus, when coal dust becomes suspended in the air, it can eventually accumulate on the floor and on your equipment. Or it can be inhaled by workers and cause health problems or even ignite and cause a deadly explosion.

At Martin Engineering, we have over 70 years of experience working with coal, from the mine to the boiler and practically everything in between. All around the world, you can find coal-fired power plants that have installed our products to make their conveyor belts run better by keeping the belts clean, preventing misalignment and keeping fugitive dust under control.

The bottom line is this: the conveyor systems that move coal from the railcar or barge through the crushers and silos all the way to the boiler are complex pieces of equipment, with lots of moving parts that have to work together with precision. When the belt is even a little out of alignment, especially at the transfer points, fugitive material spills and coal dust starts filling the area. Martin products are engineered to keep your conveyor systems cleaner, safer and more productive.  

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Since 1944, Martin has been serving the needs of coal-fired power plants, and literally "wrote the book" on global best practices when it comes to moving bulk materials in its Foundations™ series of training and textbooks. Today, we have thousands of customers, many of them power plants, who rely on our products to work hard and keep working for a long time

So, if you’re experiencing too many conveyor equipment failures, too much fugitive dust or the equipment just doesn’t seem to be working the way it should, give us a call. With over 70 years in this business, the problem is most likely something we’ve already dealt with… and solved! Our engineers and technicians are the best in the business and dedicated to helping you improve your business, so contact a Martin representative today.

Increased Plant Productivity
  • Move material more efficiently along conveyor systems and minimize carryback
  • Keep downtime for maintenance and housekeeping to a minimum
  • Reduce spillage and equipment damage by keeping conveyor belts aligned
Safer Plant Operation
  • Manage airborne dust and minimize the risk of explosion and inhalation
  • Eliminate the need for workers to enter confined spaces
  • Prevent material from spilling off of moving conveyors
More Profit
  • Deliver more product by maximizing your mine’s overall throughput
  • Reduce costs by minimizing waste and reducing energy consumption
  • Eliminate excessive downtime for maintenance and cleanup
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An innovative Michigan power supplier wanted to reduce surface dust and airborne particles, and reduce cleanup time at its PRB coal operation. Coal at the facility is fed either by rail, with a dumper that inverts the car and empties it directly onto a feeder conveyor, or with front loaders working off stockpiles in the yard. Both methods have the potential to generate dust.
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Air Cannons Dramatically Improve Employee Safety
At this rail-to-barge trans-loading facility, a set of six stacker tubes connected by conveyors allows the stockpiling of coal. Coal would hang up inside the tubes, sticking to the walls, building up inside. To clean coal out of the tubes, the operation used manual labor. A man-lift would be used to raise personnel to the lowest window of a stacker tube, so they could dig out the accumulated coal.
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Belt Cleaners Save Client $100K Per Year
The Springerville Generating Station handles 7 million tons of sub-bituminous coal per year. The coal yard was having problems with dust control, carryback and increasing wash down costs which negatively impacted the plant's production. Plant personnel were able to save more than $100,000 per year through the solution generated by the Martin team.
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Air Cannons Put An End To Manual Clean Out
The plant handles ash and was experiencing material buildup on the sides of the hoppers. This created a safety concern for those employees who had to perform manual cleanup. Employee safety is important to management so they reached out to Martin Engineering to help eliminate buildup and the need for manual clean out.
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Chute Clogging And Spillage Corrected With CleanScrape® Cleaner
A coal-fired power plant was having chute clogging and spillage issues. The existing primary and secondary cleaners allowed uneven discharge of material, which clung to chute walls and caused clogging, requiring periodic downtime for adjustment. The blade edges wore quickly, causing enough carryback and spillage to encapsulate the cleaners.
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Foundations™ for Conveyor Safety

Learn to Calculate your Return on Conveyor Safety™ with our compilation of worldwide best practices for safer bulk material handling in this first-ever textbook dedicated exclusively to the safety of conveyor systems.

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