From The Chairman’s Desk

The CMA is a proud supporter of the IMHC and the Beltcon conferences. If you haven’t already done so, please make a note of the Beltcon 20 conference dates in your diary.

The conference takes place at St George Hotel, Centurion, on 31 July and 1 August. Exhibition stands are selling fast and some eager delegates are already taking advantage of the early bird discounts!

The programme contains some very interesting papers covering the latest research and case studies presented by speakers coming from round the
world (America, Australia and Germany) as well as our own South African experts. Check out the website for more information
and registration forms.

Raising skills
The CMA not only supports research projects like induced belt stress at the idler junction; and unidirectional rollers among other topics, but is also
very active in presenting training courses to raise the skills level of all working in the bulk materials handling industry.

The six-day Diploma course in the design and operation of belt conveyors has been running for the past 12 years and over 260 engineers have achieved Diploma status in that time. Every one of these achievers has nothing but praise for the course content and for the course presenter, Graham Shortt.

Other very popular courses are the three-day conveyor certificate course, the one-day “on-site” beltsman course, both presented by Alan Exton, and the one-day refresher course for experienced belt splicing teams. Also on offer is the introductory course in the theory of splicing textile re-inforced to splice, rather to educate supervisors and other overseers of what to look out for as best practice and to recognise common mistakes that cause
splices to fail.

The very popular transfer chute design course is planned for the last quarter of the year. The course will explain the basic design principles of guided flow hood and spoon chutes, rock/dead box chutes and combinations of these two chute concepts.

The course also covers the use of Discrete Element Modelling as a tool to supplement the traditional calculation methods.

Please visit the website for more information on CMA sponsored research projects and training courses, and for registration forms.

Jay Pillay