Air Supported Belt Conveyors


This section of the Ckit Handbook deals specifically with air supported belt conveyors and includes information regarding the layout, capabilities and potential applications for these conveyors.

Air supported belt conveyors have been used in many applications on a wide variety of products for many years. In essence this conveyor technology adopts similar design procedures and techniques to troughed belt conveyor design.

The use of an air cushion to support the belt and transported material rather than troughing idlers, implies that there are some differences in the application of the technology which must be observed by designers and users.

Unlike troughed belt conveyor theory which is used by a vast number of organisations around the world, air supported belt conveyors are considered by many to fall into the category of 'specialised' belt conveying technologies similar to pipe conveyors for example.

The application of the air supported belt conveyor theory has generally been customized and personalized and as a result, commercially available air supported belt conveyors are considered proprietary equipment by the suppliers.

As a result, the level of detailed information made available for the compilation of this section of the Ckit Handbook has been limited intentionally, in consultation with some of the conveyor manufacturers.

Notwithstanding this, the information provided enables the visitor to assess the technology and to gain an understanding of the features and capabilities of this conveyor in order to compare the technology with alternative types of belt conveyors.

Additional information can be obtained from the various Vendors directly.


Anatomy of the air supported belt conveyor. Applications. Design parameters. Features and benefits. Brochures. Papers. Trouble shooting guide. Maintenance assistance. Reference installations. Contact information.


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