Conveyor belts keep the industry moving, despite working working conditions and hauling material over long distance. Patrick Smith reports. “They are the beating heart of many industrial sectors and are particularly tough,” says German company ContiTech, one of several worldwide producing belts for the mining and quarrying industry. “If the belt system experiences an extended downtime, the entire production chain frequently collapses. This in turn results in considerable sales losses for the operators,” says the company. “To allow conveyor belt systems to run free of faults and cost-effectively in the long term, even when subjected to high loads, the operators are focusing much more on prevention.” Innovative electronic monitoring systems, including those from ContiTech, make it possible to identify the exact condition of the conveyor belts at any time.??Damage, such as longitudinal slitting on conveyor belts, frequently occurs in systems where copper, iron or jagged rocks bounce along the surface of the belt, causing strain and damage, ands this can have serious consequences for system operation and, in the worst-case scenario, lead to total failures. “With our independently de...