Flexco is now manufacturing its urethane belt cleaner blades at its Grand Rapids, Michigan location. The investment in the equipment and resources gives Flexco the opportunity to generate new, innovative products, it says.“We spent more than a year testing over 100 formulations in the laboratory, in the field, and internally to ensure that we put the highest quality urethane blades on the market,” Ryan Grevenstuk, Senior Product Manager at Flexco, said. “We continue to invest to ensure we’re creating products that withstand the most demanding applications.”In-house and in-field tests were conducted by Flexco specialists until it was determined that the blades met Flexco’s quality standards. The success of the blades has encouraged Flexco to continue innovating with other custom urethane products.“These capabilities will speed the time it takes to bring innovative products to market in terms of development and delivery, continually enhancing the quality we put into every product we make,” Grevenstuk said. “We continue to make investments in our manufacturing capabilities in the US and around the world to ensure our products can be delivered to local markets in a timely and consistent manner.”Flexco also recently invested in two new side-by-side incline conveyors to expand the testing and R&D capabilities on heavy-duty Flexco products at the Michigan location. The new conveyor loop gives Flexco engineers the chance to conduct internal testing that mirrors realistic conditions in the field and augments current laboratory, field, and other conveyor testing performed on Flexco products.“This new conveyor system is allowing our engineers to test the performance of our products in a realistic mining environment. The control we have over the test variables with this equipment allows us to investigate and understand the science behind our products, and we then use that knowledge to enhance our products’ performance and value to our customers.” Carl Hessler, BCP Engineering Manager for Flexco, said.
According to the Xinhua News Agency, China will continue to improving its energy consumption structure and efficiency in 2016, a senior energy official said this week.China will lift the share from non-fossil fuels in the total energy consumption to 13.2% next year, compared with about 12% in 2015, and reduce that of coal from 64.4% this year to below 62.6% in 2016, said Nur Bekri, head of the National Energy Administration.The government aims to add over 20 million kW of installed wind power and more than 15 million kW of installed photovoltaic power in the next five years. A group of nuclear power projects in China’s coastal regions will be given the go ahead over the next five years, according to Bekri.China will establish a warning mechanism to control coal-fired power plants construction and production. In principle, no new coal mines will be allowed to be developed in the next three years, he said.