With both anticipation and excitement, we are delighted to be named as finalists in the Excellence in Transport and/or Conveying category for the prestigious Australian Bulk Handling Awards 2021.

The annual award recognises the outstanding achievements and successes of companies across the bulk handling sector in Australia.

The nomination is accredited to two THOR TOWERSTACKER TS 250 commissioned at an open-pit thermal coal mine in Central Queensland. Engineered to perfection, the Telescopic Cable Mast Conveyor features a rail system configuration that is capable of performing under pressure, lowering operating costs and increasing product quality.

When engineering companies approach the materials handling component of a plant layout, they generally utilize database designs that are tried and tested and do not rock the boat from a conventional design perspective. Most product stockpile conveyors are therefore designed to create a conical type of stockpile with a fixed boom length and fixed boom height.

The THOR TOWERSTACKER is designed with logistics and erection in mind. All equipment can be assembled with a small and experienced site team with minimal heavy lift cranes.

Some of the benefits associated with a design of this nature include the following:

Design: For this project, the structural design of the stacker and associated items conform not only with the engineering company structural design criteria but also with the relevant and applicable Australian Standards (particularly AS1170 and AS4324.1).

Cost Efficiency: Due to the use of existing modular design and coupled to the use of standard mechanical products aids to the overall capital project cost, its operational costs is reduced thanks to the use of non-proprietary components.

Environmental: Fitted with luffing capability, the stacker can be raised or lowered to ensure that the material discharged is as close as operationally possible to mitigate material degradation or dust generation. The stacker is also fitted with external covers for dust and weather protection and with additional environmental aids from spray bars and dust extraction systems.

Safety: Whilst this equipment has been designed to be operated with the ultimate wind speed as nominated by the Australian Standard AS1170, the stacker is also fitted with storm anchorage to prevent it to move during the worst storm conditions.

Maintainability: Fitted with walkways and luffing capability, all maintenance points are easily and safely accessible through either the walkways or by bringing the machine to ground level.

Productivity: By combining a radial and telescopic functionality, it can be used to maximize the available real estate, by slewing to a set point, the stacker can be used to transfer to another conveyor or create an emergency stockpile, and the telescopic functionality can add up to 30% additional stockpile capacity.

To be a finalist among so many incredible businesses is a testament to our hard work and focus on productivity. From the top-down, our goals and vision are achieved through team effort.

Due to COVID-19, the event was postponed, and winners will be announced in February 2022.