TOKYO—Continental A.G. is supplying its Sicon pouch conveyor belt system for an important flood prevention project in a southwest suburb of the world's largest city.
According to Conti, the belting system is quiet and clean, two traits that are crucial when transporting bulk material from an excavation site in a residential area. The belting system has eliminated the need for loud transport trucks through the neighborhoods, according to Conti.
"The Sicon conveyor belt is a closed system from the feeding point to the discharging point," said Gabriele Hennig-Juman, Continental Sales for Conveying Solutions in the Asia-Pacific region. "It can negotiate curves of up to 180 degrees, making it extremely flexible when routing the line and adaptable to any environment. Corners and edges can therefore be bypassed without additional transfer points—curve radii of less than one meter can be achieved."
The project is the result of increasing flooding and high water risk in the Tokyo area, after numerous rivers were built over or regulated to accommodate space to live, according to Conti. To remedy this, the city of Machida is building a 150,000-cubic-meter, underground catch basin in the middle of a residential area.