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How Machines Work: The F60 Overburden Conveyor Bridge

How Machines Work: The F60 Overburden Conveyor Bridge
March 13, 2022 APT Spray Painting

We’re no strangers to heavy machinery here at APT Spray Painting, and our ‘How Machines Work’ series would not be complete without highlighting one of the largest movable pieces of machinery in the world – the F60 Overburden Conveyor Bridge.

Used for strip mining in conjunction with excavators, the F60 Overburden Conveyor Bridge helps remove the material surrounding the mine (the ‘overburden’) that could be used for economical exploitation. Read on to learn more about this incredible machine.

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This particular machine has a cutting height of 60 metres, hence the name and is a whopping 502 metres in length. It’s often described as the ‘lying Eiffel tower’ due to its size and similar structure. Built by Volkseigener Betrieb TAKRAF in Lauchhammer, the purpose of the F60 Overburden Conveyor Belt is to efficiently skim the surface of a mining site, separate the overburden and swiftly move it from the extraction site to the dropping area.

Watch this video to see one in action:

Only Four In the World

There are four F60 Overburden Conveyor Bridges in action right now – mainly in European mine sites. The fifth one in Lichterfeld-Schacksdorf in Germany is accessible to visitors, for anyone big machinery fans who want to see one in the flesh.

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