Beam Stage Loader

When the coal is transported by the AFC along the longwall face it reaches the beam stage loader at the end of the face. The beam stage loader is simply a chain conveyor that transport coal from the AFC to the main belt conveyor. Also incorporated into the beam stage loader is a small crusher to reduce the particle size of the coal for easier transportation. There are two discharge configurations for the beam stage loader :

End discharge :
This configuration allows the AFC to overlap the beam stage loader so that coal falls down onto it. This configuration is used for coal that is very slabby.

Side Discharge :
Most modern design AFC utilises a side discharge arrangement to push the coal directly onto the beam stage loader. This design is most suited to coal with large lumps. This design can also transport a higher capacity of coal. The picture opposite shows a side disgharge design beam stage loader.

Once the coal is transported onto the belt conveyor it is then transported to the surface for processing.

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