AMECO delivers the latest-generation, robust quality bulk handling equipment. Its products include, for example, stackers, reclaimers, and shiploaders. Manufacturing in Europe, the company has over 380 references on every continent in the cement, commodity food, fertilizer, mining, power generation and pulp and paper industries. AMECO was founded in 1932 in Alsace, a French region that lies in between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River, bordering both Germany and Switzerland. Having closely worked with the Alsatian potash mines, AMECO went from providing maintenance services, to the supply of conveyors, to delivering all types of equipment to fulfill material handling needs. This technology allowed AMECO to develop into different markets, such as glass factories and electricity power plants where bigger storage facilities were required at the time. In the 1950s, AMECO was well known in France and the surrounding countries. At this time, it was one of the first Western European companies providing machinery to Russia and the Eastern bloc. This early international focus, not usual at the time, is the origin of AMECO’s global presence today.
COAL HANDLING SYSTEMS
AMECO has a strong presence in the coal industry. Many power plants run on hard coal and lignite. These power stations employ strategic bulk material storage facilities, in which coal of different originsand diverse quality levels is temporarily stored. AMECO also offers export solutions for handling coal. Portal reclaimers have been historically the star product of AMECO since 1932 andare at the heart of the cement and mining industry for coal handling systems. AMECO has great expertise in this type of longitudinal stockyard, and its reclaimers handle a wide range of bulk materials, including woodchips, urea, ammoniumnitrates, gypsum, iron ore and more. AMECO reclaimers can be combined with a stacker, creating a full storage system. Its stackers also combine slewing, luffing and travelling movements to create piles with as little dust emission as possible. AMECO machines can be specially adapted in order to be able to work with corrosive, abrasive or very humid materials.
AMECO portal reclaimers can be installed inside or outside a storage building. For outside applications, a single boom portal reclaimer (PS1) is the normal choice. For this type of machine, thes craper arm is long enough to reach across the pile. For inside applications, double boom portal reclaimers (PS2) provide the advantage of being more compact. The bucketwheel reclaimer is used in applications where high reclaiming rates are required, such as power plants, mines and steel mills. The storage system operates with independent stacking and reclaiming functions. Bucketwheel stacker-reclaimers are available in both circular and longitudinal design. The most essential element of a bucketwheel excavator is the large wheel fitted with a series of buckets used to scoop material as the wheel turns. AMECO is a major manu facturer of shiploaders for a wide range of industries. This fits in well with its focus on providing equipment to handle bulk material for sea transportation. AMECO shiploaders are used to load coal, all types of grains, woodchips, urea or potash. Depending on customer requirements, AMECO can provide a fit-for-purpose shiploader model, for example endowed with anti-collision features:
- shiploaders on rails (travelling shiploaders), which can move along the jetty alongside the vessel, in order to reach the full loading area of the ship’s hatches.
- stationary shiploaders, which are generally used when environmentally hazardous material is to be loaded. The premium encapsulation of a stationary shiploader feed route prevents the release of hazardous bulk material into the environment.
The boom of AMECO’s shiploaders can rotate clockwise and anti-clockwise (slewing motion of the boom) and go up and down (luffing motion of the boom) to perfectly load the ship hold and to adjust according to the water elevation, to the ship size, and to the ship’s increasing draught as it is loaded. AMECO also offers blending beds that homogenize the coal. This ensures that the product has a consistent quality, which inturn increases the efficiency of the power production process.