US: National Gypsum has ordered a conveyor system from Aumund for its Apollo Beach wallboard plant in Florida. The order includes four Samson Feeders and a type BPB Aumund Apron Feeder as part of a new reception line for natural gypsum. The plant is converting to natural gypsum because a neighbouring power plant will stop supplying flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) gypsum when it converts to natural gas. Gypsum to the plant will be supplied from National Gypsum’s quarry in Halifax, Nova Scotia. No price for the order has been disclosed.
“With the engineering and most of the equipment supply coming from Aumund Fördertechnik in Germany, we look forward to further strengthening our partnership with the flourishing US gypsum industry,” said Jason Birnbaum, Project Engineer at Aumund.
On arrival of the gypsum at the plant, two Samson Material Feeders series MF-800 will receive the material at a capacity of 450t/hr before transferring it for stockpiling. A bulldozer will then reclaim the material onto the 6m Aumund Apron Feeder type BPB-250, capacity 250t/hr, where it will feed into a crusher. The crushed gypsum will be received by the two 1600 series Samson Material Feeders and subsequently fed onward into the manufacturing process. All four Samson Feeders to be supplied to Apollo Beach are 13.3m long.
The order in Florida follows two other conveyor contracts from National Gypsum for Aumund at plants at Baltimore in Maryland and Shippingport in Pennsylvania. In Baltimore four identical Centrex silo discharge machines for FGD gypsum were supplied in 2016. These were supplied as drop-in replacements for their predecessors, that had been in operation for about 20 years, since being supplied by Germany’s Louise Fördertechnik, before that company was acquired by Aumund. The discharge rate of these units is 45t/hr each. An order for two Samson Material Feeders 1600 Series at Shippingport, Pennsylvania followed in early 2017.