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The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has launched Tuftex α, a conveyor belt cover compound.
The company said the product is specially designed for use in demanding applications, such as high-capacity reclaimers handling iron ore and coal at port stock yard facilities.
The company said the new cover compound features Yokohama's advanced rubber compounding technology, achieving a high level of abrasion resistance and thus providing longer service life. According to the firm, reclaimer belts are run at high speeds and transport large volumes of materials in a short period of time, subjecting the belt to severe abrasion.
The company said the Tuftex α has abrasion resistance 64 percent better than the company's existing super wear resistant cover compound, and that the belt's durability makes it ideal for prolonged use under harsh environmental conditions, such as exposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun.
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