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Press Release: Hattingen 07.02.2020

Wastewater treatment plant Arnsberg-Wildshausen

Upgraded chain conveyors guarantee maximum operational safety and sustainable water protection.

The maintenance and optimisation of the chain conveyors of the sludge dewatering system of the Arnsberg-Wildshausen sewage treatment plant by the companies Halbach & Braun Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. and Eickhoff Antriebstechnik GmbH will significantly increase operational safety and sustainable water protection.

The Ruhrverband operates a sewage treatment plant for 98,000 population equivalents in Arnsberg-Wildshausen. It treats the wastewater of up to 40,000 inhabitants and a paper mill. It treats about 25,000 m³ (25 million litres) of water per day. The wastewater is cleaned mechanically, biologically and chemically. In the digesters for anaerobic treatment of the sewage sludge, methane gas is produced which is converted into electricity in a combined heat and power plant. The digested sludge must then be dewatered and transported away. Up to now, two chain scraper conveyors have been used for this purpose, which have repeatedly caused operating shutdowns.

In order to increase the operational safety and to avoid the downtimes, the Ruhrverband contacted the companies Eickhoff and Halbach & Braun. The companies Eickhoff, a specialist in the field of drive technology, and Halbach & Braun, with 100 years of experience in the field of scraper chain conveyors - conveying a wide variety of bulk materials, developed a solution together with the Ruhrverband to exclude future operational downtimes of the existing plant. In particular, the drive power and chain strength were increased in order to put an end to the constant overload of the conveyor system. During the realisation of the project, special attention was paid to costs and the use of as many conveyor parts as possible that were still intact. Thanks to the close cooperation of the Ruhrverband with the companies Halbach & Braun and Eickhoff, it was possible to meet all the association's wishes and to put a now reliable, powerful and operationally safe system into operation.

Picture: 4-fold chain band with scrapers and HB - split sprockets

 

Drive shaft                                                                                                    Reverse axis, tensionable

 

 
Press Release: Hattingen 12.12.2019
 

Delegation from Turkish mining area signs cooperation contract with Halbach & Braun Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co.
Zonguldak hard coal mining doubles output and modernises plant technology

 

A core region of hard coal extraction and energy production with a 200-year mining tradition:
This brief description applies to the Ruhr region, but also to Turkey with numerous state and private hard coal mines. But there is also a considerable difference: while coal mining in the Ruhr region has been history for a year, it has excellent prospects in Turkey. This is because the considerable regional deposits are to be mined more intensively than before. This is the aim of Turkey's energy development plan, which aims to reduce its dependence on energy imports.
The implementation of the plan requires investments in state-of-the-art mining technology. Against this background, the visit organized by Zonguldak e.V. Europa of a high-ranking delegation from the Zonguldak mining region and representatives of state politics - represented by Saadet Oruç, Chief Advisor to the President - to Halbach & Braun can be seen (picture).

The mining equipment supplier from Hattingen has a strong market position in Turkey and since last year has been able to offer mine operators a considerably expanded range of products. Dr. Dietrich Braun, Managing Partner: "Our classic core competencies are crushing and conveying - underground and surface mining. Thanks to the participation of the Chinese Yangquan Coal Group in our company, we can now also offer complete range of longwall equipment including shields and shearer loaders. We adapt the basic design of the plants to our high quality standards and to the individual requirements of our customers". Halbach & Braun has been pursuing this strategy - the engineering of customer-optimized solutions - since the company was founded in 1920.

With this unique selling point and almost one hundred years of experience in underground coal mining, Halbach & Braun has aroused the interest of those responsible for Turkish mining - in particular Kazim Eroğlu, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of the state-owned mine operator TTK. During the company tour in Hattingen, Muharrem Kiraz, deputy managing director of TTK, confirmed: "Our goal is 100% mechanical extraction with modern and highly productive plants from Halbach & Braun." In comparison to the Ruhr area, for example, difficult geological conditions have to be taken into account. The engineers at Halbach & Braun are happy to accept such a challenge. Eberhard Braun, managing partner: "In contrast to our international competitors, some of whom are much larger, we do not supply catalogue products for the mining industry, but adapt the design to the geological conditions and the requirements of our customers."
Local industry should also benefit from the expansion of hard coal mining. This is confirmed by Turgut Subaşi, deputy governor of the region: "We are interested in the settlement of suppliers who manufacture locally. The demand is there in the long term and we will double the production volume in the medium term."
According to Eberhard Braun, Halbach & Braun has already had many good experiences with cooperative local production, and cooperation with research and science is another option. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Çufali, director of the local university, assessed this very positively: "We are investigating which machine technology is the best for our conditions."

In the coming years Zonguldak is to be developed into an energy centre. The Ruhr area could serve as a model here - with the difference that coal production will be expanded instead of discontinued. Metin Demir, Chairman of the Regional Chamber of Industry and Commerce (TSO), confirmed this: "We have a 180-year mining tradition, and now we are shaping our future. Together with the players in business, associations and politics and also with the employee representatives, we have founded a development association for the region that expressly provides for cooperation with German companies under our cooperation partner Halbach & Braun. We would like to profit from their competence and also from the experiences of the Ruhr area."
Thus, there are numerous starting points for cooperation between the two regions. This was demonstrated by the visit of the delegation. Innovative plant constructors such as Halbach & Braun can make a strong contribution to modernizing technology and safety in the mines, making mining more efficient and sustainably increasing Turkey's coal production.

 

 
Press release: Hattingen 28.11.2019
 
Halbach & Braun was successful at China Coal Mining Expo 2019
 

Halbach & Braun is more than satisfied with the great demand for its products at the world's largest mining fair China Coal Mining Expo 2019 in Beijing.

Safety and efficiency, highest machine availability and reliability are mining customer’s main requirements. With it’s almost 100 years of experience in mining applications Halbach & Braun stands for all these values. The extremely high demand during the China Coal Mining Expo 2019 and the huge interest in our products have once again confirmed that Halbach & Braun, with its innovative products that are precisely tailored to each customer, plays an important role in all mines worldwide. Together with our partners we are in a position to supply the complete range of mining equipment including all necessary controls for fully automatic coal mining.
If desired, our customers can now obtain turnkey systems from one single source.

Halbach & Braun is a global player, not only in plants for the extraction of hard coal but also for the crushing and transport of lignite, granite, limestone, oil shale, salt, slag, ore and other materials.

 
 

 
Press release: Hattingen 07.10.2019

Halbach & Braun takes over mining products of Wollbrecht TIG mbH

the companies Halbach & Braun Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. (HB) and Wollbrecht Technische Innovationsgesellschaft mbH (TIG) have agreed on a takeover of TIG's mining products by HB.

TIG was active in the mining industry for more than 50 years. In the process, outstanding competence in the field of safe chain tensioning was developed, which was reflected in market leadership in the German hard coal mining industry. With the acquisition of TIG's mining products, HB further rounds off its product portfolio in the field of chain fixing devices, a key component of chain scraper conveyor technology. TIG withdraws completely from the mining industry. In future, all products of the TIG mining division will be available exclusively through HB.

The HB group was founded in 1920 and is currently run by the Braun family for the third generation. HB is an international company which develops, manufactures and sells different machines for the bulk handling and underground mining industry, with a focus on conveyor technology. Since 2010, the company headquarters in Hattingen at the former Henrichs-Hütte site.
 
 
 
Press release: Hattingen, 04.04.2019

New home market for German mining supplier 
Chinese mining company becomes co-partner of Halbach & Braun

The shareholders of Halbach & Braun Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. (HB) have signed an agreement with Chinese mining group Yangquan Coal Industry Group Co., Ltd. (YQ). In this way, HB secures a large home market for its products and YQ gains access to German mining know-how and state-of-the-art mining equipment. To ensure ongoing business operations, the two managing partners have been provided with long-term management service contracts.
YQ is one of the 500 largest companies in the world with a turnover of 23.8 billion dollars. With about 50 of its own coal mines, YQ is one of the largest mining companies in Shanxi Province. In an effort to counter rising costs in the coal industry, YQ has decided to invest in a comprehensive modernization of its own mines. The main element of this modernization is the company HB. HB is characterized by modern, innovative and efficient products and is a figurehead of the German mining supply industry. The YQ Group aims to leverage the expertise of its employees and the company's enthusiasm for innovation to build a world-leading technology center for the mining industry in Hattingen. This technology center is responsible for the optimization and development of all mining products for YQ. High product quality is indispensable and will continue to require the production of sophisticated components in Germany in the future. In addition, it is expected that HB outside of China will be the face of the YQ Group and distribute all its products worldwide.
In this way, HB secures a new home market, which alone can ensure full utilization of the company. At the beginning of the year, the YQ Group demonstrates this by ordering three longwall conveyor systems. Currently, three more systems are being negotiated. HB is aiming for one of the best business years in recent company history. In order to be able to cope with the large volume of orders on a permanent basis and to meet the high demands of the new shareholder, HB's management has announced that it will hire new employees in all areas.
The HB Group was founded in 1920 and is currently run by the Braun family for the third generation. HB is an international company that develops, produces and sells various machines for the bulk handling and underground mining. Since 2010, the company headquarters in Hattingen at the former Henrichs-Hütte site.