ELB Engineering Services (ELB) has entered into a contract with Sappi Saiccor for the Sappi Saiccor Side Arm Charger Project at Umkomaas in KZN. The Sappi Saiccor mill at Umkomaas is planning to increase its overall chemical cellulose production. In preparation for this expansion, the current woodyard is being upgraded in advance.

ELB gets Sappi project

The woodyard upgrade will include the installation of the new Chipping Line No. 7, a fully automated chip storage, reclaiming and screening facility. The existing Chipping Lines No. 3 and No. 4 will be demolished. These lines processed a large proportion of timber delivered by rail, and the upgrade has redesigned the rail siding to primarily offload timber wagons to the new Chipper No. 7 and existing Chipper No. 6. As part of the new rail siding, Side Arm Chargers will be used for the movement of wagons past the offloading point without permanent intervention from the rail shunting locomotive.

ELB’s scope of supply for this project includes the design, supply, fabrication, packaging, delivery, installation and training of operations personnel, as well as commissioning and testing of the two new Side Arm Charger systems to support the woodyard upgrade project. The design and engineering services will include the design and supply of all mechanical, structural, electrical, instrumentation and control equipment and materials, as well as the delivery to site and installation of the Side Arm Chargers.

The Side Arm Charger will travel via a VSD driven motor to allow for accurate forward/reverse positioning, with two ultimate travel limit switches preventing a collision. Lasers mounted along the Side Arm Charger will detect the gap between wagons to accurately engage the coupling and ensure the arm is centred.

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