The Hybrid Apron Belt (HAB) feeder is supposed to combine the "strength of an apron feeder with the spillage control of a conveyor system".
The solution can be used for adjustable-rate feeding of abrasive materials, such as minerals sands, iron ore and bauxite.
The low-profile loading deck can accommodate different types of loading methods, including direct truck tipping, side tipping, front-end loading, dozing and ROM bypass tips, in order to prevent double handling.
The feeder's modular design allows for transportation within a standard-size container, simplifying freight solutions to remote locations. Modularity also allows for specific discharge heights, depending on the required application.
The HAB feeder design incorporates a number of safety features, including a start-up alarm that is located behind the wing walls, an emergency stop on either side of the feeder and an emergency bar at the feeder opening.
FLSmidth's manager of capital equipment PC Kruger said: "Because it is entirely modular, the HABfFeeder can be installed with minimal site preparation, anywhere near a stockpile. It is semi-mobile for simple on-site relocation or repositioning. Moving the feeder is as easy as dragging or pushing it with standard stockyard equipment."
The HAB joins FLSmidth's full line of feeders, feeder breakers and sizers.