by Diana Barnum, Correspondent
The new Auto-Belt Sampler (ABS), an
automatic system with real-time, less-than-a-second sampling, information
has been introduced by Superior Industries, an Astec company.
no need to stop the conveyor belt with ABS, no need for dedicated
personnel. But the portability of Superior’s conveyors is their true claim
“Our most popular conveyor, the Telestacker 150 is about
10,000 lbs. heavier than our competitor’s, and more versatile. It folds up
and goes,” said Danny Glassic, graphic designer for Superior. “And on the
PowerStacker 125, both ends fold up. It’s totally hydraulic.”
said that Superior is breaking into the underground mining industry and
that their quarry clients use these conveyors mainly in the aggregate
industry right now. They want to be able to pick up and go to the next
The TeleStacker comes in three models, the TS110,
TS130, and TS150. All feature a 10 hp motor powering a 5-gallon-per-minute
pump at 3000 psi. Electrical panels boast 480 VAC, 3-phase/60-Hz starters
with 120VAC and 24VDC control. They include an AB SLC500 5/03 PLC, micro
relays and tilt switch making them fully automated. The three drive motors
are convertible from 480VAC to 240VAC.
The TS110 has a 110-foot working
conveyor length, measures 60 feet from kingpin to head in transport,
weighs 42,000 lbs., 28,000 lbs. on axle, has a conveyor capacity of 500
tph and sports a 52-inch main truss depth. Maximum pile height at 20
degrees is 37 feet, 7 inches; at 90 degrees it is 17,529 yards; at 180
degrees it’s 31, 060 yards and conical is 3,998 yards.
The TS130 has a
130-foot working conveyor measuring 70 feet from kingpin to head in
transport. It weighs 52,200 lbs., 34,500 lbs. on axle, has a conveyor
capacity of 850 tph, along with a 70-inch main truss depth. Maximum pile
height at 20 degrees is 42 feet, 6 inches; at 90 degrees it comes in at
27,556 yards; and at 180 degrees it is 48,141 yards and conical is 6,971
The TS150 has a 150-foot working conveyor measuring 80 feet from
kingpin to head in transport. It weighs 64,500 lbs., 40,000 lbs. on axle,
has a conveyor capacity of 1000 tph and also a 70-inch main truss depth.
Maximum pile height at 20 degrees is 50 feet; at 90 degrees it is 44,045
yards; and at 180 degrees its specs show it at 78,420 yards and conical is
The PowerStacker Conveyors come in 80-, 95-, 110-, 125-
and 150-foot models. Their features include:
• Heavy-duty truss frame
with towing eye
• Shaft-mounted, gear reduced drive assembly
Vulcanized, lagged drive pulley and self-cleaning wing type tail
• Fifth-wheel hitch and CEMA Idlers
• Screw type take-ups
with a full 18- to 24-inches of travel.
From one location at the
hydraulic control center, you can have the conveyor up and ready within
How do Superior’s customers like their conveyors?
about 30 cents per ton. We have a 110 TeleStacker and a 150 TeleStacker,
and they’re great,” said Allan Cowan, superintendent for Jones Bros. Dirt
and Paving Contractors, Inc., of Odessa, Texas. “In all we have 65
conveyors, different types, but we’re replacing the conveyor components
with Superior’s parts.”
Jones Bros. has been using conveyors on state
road construction projects. Their automated conveyors mean high-quality
and high-capacity production and less handling and haul truck costs. They
nicknamed their automated TS110 “Christine” after the car in the horror
movie that had a mind of its own, since they rarely have to look after
Another client, United Materials, a Great Falls, Montana-based
aggregate producer, also cut costs and boosted profits with Superior.
Significant savings were the result of eliminating haul trucks, penalty
costs at $1-3 per ton, increased compaction and additional material
handling and labor expenses.
“We have a 130-foot TeleStacker. It’s
easily moved, very portable. And we have four 80-foot field conveyors,”
said Terry McIntyre, superintendent for United.
He explained that their
equipment set up with the right crushers, screens and conveyors allowed
them to easily switch between products.
Superior also carries FD axle
assemblies, portable feed hoppers, modular feed systems, rip rap feeders
and portable screen plant chassis. For more information their claim to
fame, contact Superior Industries at P.O. Box 684, Highway 28 East,
Morris, MN 56267. Call: (800) 321-1558, or fax inquiries to: (320)