AKAPP conductor bar system Multiconductor is used for thorough modernization of LG concrete plant in Bree (Belgium). This 35 year old factory, where plates in ‘washed’ concrete are produced, started its ongoing renewal process in 2008.
The modernization was necessary, because of expansion of production capacity. Besides mechanical adjustment, it was also necessary to replace the conductor bar system, which provides power and control signals to the automatic controlled concrete skippers. This is a track with a length of 200 meters, provided with a curved section of 90 degrees.
AKAPP Multiconductor, a 7-pole insulated conductor bar system, was chosen for this application. This rail is very suitable for guiding both of the main current as well as the control signals. The insulated housing includes continuous copper conductors, so there are no contact interruptions and accumulates no (carbon) dirt. As a result, there is a very good and constant voltage transfer. The wear of the carbon brushes is extremely minimal because of the smooth copper strips, which results in a high reliability.
Another aspect of this rail system is that the copper conductors are inserted separated from the housing in the channels. That is to say that these can expand and contract, independent of the plastic housing. This is very important to prevent deformation of the housing or conductors due to temperature influences.
In addition, the bottom of the plastic housing is perfectly sealed by means of a two-sided flexible rubber sealing. This prevents soiling by dust or moisture on the inside of the housing.
Read more about the modernization of the concrete factory in the article that appeared in the publication “Industrial Technical & Management ‘of February 2013, written by journalist Alfons Calders.
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