Low operating and capital costs compared to rail haulage, truck and conveyors systems:

Rail-Veyor® combines the best of conventional rail haulage, truck and conveyor systems into a low capital and operating cost system that offers superior energy efficiency and environmental performance.

Rail-Veyor® offers the following advantages:

Competitive Capital Costs

  • light rail track (40 pound rail vs. conventional 120 pound rail) can be used without ballast and ties, thereby reducing the cost and time for bed preparation and installation
  • low profile; allowing for simple bridges or tunnels to clear obstacles or  infrastructure; reduced underground development costs (refer to Figure 1)
  • operational at grades up to 20%, reducing infrastructure preparation time and cost  relative to grade-limited rail and truck haulage
  • short turning radius (30m) reduces rail footprint and cost
  • the combined capabilities give significant flexibility in route selection and the topography to be crossed while greatly reducing the amount of disturbance to the existing land function
Figure 1 Comparison of Underground Development Requirements Truck Haulage Versus Rail-Veyor Bulk Material Handling

Cost Comparison Chart

Low Operating and Maintenance Cost

Rail-Veyor® can offer lower operating  costs compared to rail haulage, truck haulage and conveyor systems.
  • automatic operation minimizes labour costs
  • The drive system is energy efficient, resulting in very low operating costs
  • loads carried by cars and drive stations are relatively low, improving  reliability and reducing operating and maintenance costs
  • highly reliable
  • no direct operator control required; the system can be run automatically using GPS and sensor technologies
  • car system acts as a long trough allowing for continuous loading and unloading   operation
  • unloading  is accomplished by inverting the cars, maximizing system performance
  • systems can have multiple loading and unloading points

Ease of Maintenance

  • drives are only powered when in contact with the rail cars which results in less wear on the system
  • all Rail-Veyor components are simple off the shelf components that can be purchased quickly and easily
  • drive systems are simple and can easily be replaced

System Flexibility

  • inclines up to 20% and turns of up to a 30 meter radius are possible at 8 m/s
  • capacity is expandable by adding additional trains
  • light rail, cars and drive stations can be easily relocated
  • equipment and layouts are flexible and can be designed and scaled to meet client product sizes and transportation distances
  • systems can be designed for customers with existing rail lines

Environmental Performance

  • electrical drive system and design minimizes local emissions and reduces carbon footprint
  • route and track layout can be selected to preserve land function and minimize the footprint of disturbance
  • emissions from material transfers can be contained, minimizing impact on natural and workplace environments

Safety Performance

Fully automated systems eliminate operator-mobile equipment interface and are intrinsically safe. A further endorsement of the Rail-Veyor® technology has come through the findings of an independent study commissioned by COALTECH, a South African industry and government association. The study assessed coal transportation technologies and their application within South Africa and identified Rail-Veyor® as an attractive and competitive materials handling solution for a multitude of operating scenarios.
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