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New gear unit design for conveyor adds to Quebec gold mine’s life expectancy

Santasalo's D Series gear unit was ordered for the mine through industrial distributor Canadian Bearings.

Santasalo’s D Series gear unit was ordered for the mine through industrial distributor Canadian Bearings.

Val-d’Or, QC – Santasalo, a manufacturer of industrial gear units for process industries, has been awarded a contract to supply a design upgrade D-Series gear unit for an underground conveyor application at Agnico Eagles’ LaRonde gold mine in Quebec.

The order, which was placed by the Canadian Bearings branch in Val-d’Or, QC, is the first order placed of this design specification, establishing a new power range for Santasalo’s three-stage bevel-helical conveyor series gear drive.

The Agnico Eagle LaRonde gold mine is located in the Abitibi region in northwestern Quebec and a recent expansion and upgrade project has taken place in order to increase the mine’s life expectancy to 2025. This includes a new underground conveyor system to convey mined ore to the 2.2-km-deep mine lift hoist that will bring the ore to the surface for further processing at the plant.

Santasalo’s gear unit was selected as the most reliable technology for the tough conditions surrounding this application. The Santasalo D-Series helical gear unit will be mounted on a swing base and directly connected to the conveyor pulley shaft via the company’s Zapalex ridged flange coupling.

“This project has helped us build a strong relationship with our partner, Canadian Bearings, and also assisted in promoting our brand image with a key mining/producing company like Agnico Eagle,” said Joe Sitta, director of capital sales Americas.

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Bill Roebuck

Bill Roebuck

Bill Roebuck is the Editor and Associate Publisher of Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine and
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