Bluefield Coal Show preview: Flexco, Veyance, AL Lee, Strata Worldwide

THE 2011 Bluefield Coal Show promises to bring thousands of attendees to the heart of coal-rich Appalachia for one of the nation’s largest industry events. ILN takes a look at some of the vendors setting up at the Brushfork Amory-Civic Center.
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Flexco recently announced its plans to exhibit at the Bluefield Coal Show 2011. Flexco will be addressing splicing, cleaning, tracking, and belt slippage needs at the booth.

Flexco invites attendees to check out a variety of products, including mechanical belt fastener systems and cleaners. At the show, Flexco will be exhibiting several cleaners, including the Mineline MHS heavy-duty secondary cleaner with service advantage cartridge, Mineline MMP stainless steel medium-duty precleaner, U-Type stainless steel secondary belt cleaner, and Mineline MDWS dry wipe secondary cleaner.

The Flexco booth will be staffed by product experts eager to answer questions, demo products, and show more about each company’s belt conveyor system. Experienced Flexco team members will be available to discuss the entire system and help attendees identify challenges and ways to increase the efficiency and productivity of their operations.

Flexco is able to address almost any conveyor challenge – from slippage and spillage, to mistracking and wear and tear, to safety and environmental concerns. Even after a belt is up and running, Flexco stays involved to ensure that its products are delivering the top-notch performance needed for maximum productivity.


Veyance Technologies, the largest conveyor belt manufacturer in the world , is better known by its brand Goodyear Engineered Products. At the Bluefield Coal Show 2011, Veyance will reveal new technology for belt monitoring and continue to herald the industry’s first BELT-certified underground belt with flame resistance.

The Cord Guard XD belt monitoring system incorporates new technology to reliably identify longitudinal rips in steel-reinforced conveyor belts and monitors the condition of the steel cable reinforcements deep within a belt. Its patent-pending inserts detect belt rips caused by objects that become stuck in the conveyor structure. Cord Guard XD has the ability to stop belt operation to minimize rip damage.

Anticipating the 2010 MSHA requirement for flame-resistant belt compounds, Veyance developed Shield, the first underground conveyor belt compound to receive BELT certification – now a required standard for all underground belts. With miners’ safety as the catalyst for its design, Shield exceeds the BELT standard by ensuring flame resistance and virtually eliminating the use of materials that generate toxic smoke.

In 2010, US mine operators purchased 1.7 million feet of Shield conveyor belt. That means miners in over 320 miles of underground mines are safer in 2011.

Veyance also uses its expertise in the coal industry by providing conveyor belt services. Backed by the acquisitions of National Belt Services and Monk Mining Supply in 2008, Veyance’s goal is to minimize customer downtime and the cost of ownership throughout a belt’s life span.

AL Lee

AL Lee will introduce its latest addition to its family of underground rail equipment, just in time for Bluefield.

It is a rail setter/retriever (RSR), a compact, portable machine that can transfer rail of any size (40-85 pounds and up to 33 feet long) from a supply car and safely place it onto the ties, making rail and track installation safer, faster and easier.

The system can be utilized for retrieving rails. Visitors are invited to chat with the AL Lee team on the show floor.

Strata Worldwide

Staying ahead of market trends and supplying products and services to meet the needs of customers means growing and adapting to change. As the coal mining industry changes and advances, Strata Worldwide’s mission is to change and advance with it and bring customers the latest in technology to keep their mines safe, productive and compliant.

Debuting at the Bluefield Coal Show this year is Strata’s new corporate logo, a first step in more accurately representing its commitment to innovation and leadership. As Strata is a safety solutions company offering a broad portfolio of products and services for mine safety and efficiency, the new branding and refined look better represent its core competency, people, strengths and goals moving forward.

At the show it will showcase the latest technologies in safety, including proximity detection, wireless communications and tracking, hydraulic roof control, ventilation control and foam rock dusting. Each of these products will be on display in the booth and available for demonstrations.

As always, representatives and literature will be available to provide information and answer questions about all product offerings.

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