The TMSA Group has been in business for nearly 55 years. By means of its internationally recognized strategic partner­ships, it is now one of the main suppliers of equipment for terminals and for the high-capacity movement of solid bulk over long distances.
TMSA – Bulk Handling Technology –- offers highly specialized integrated and value-added solutions. All projects are completed to the highest global standards of quality, safety and sustainability, and meet the most varied needs and requirements of each customer. This is achieved through a rigorous implementation of quality and performance indicators.
The TMSA headquarters in the south of Brazil are located in the city of Porto Alegre in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. It also has offices in the states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais in addition to having an advanced business station in Argentina.
TMSA’'s business strategy is focused on innovation and diversification of products, services and markets. Its services are mainly in areas such as: agroindustry, cellulose, renewable energies (biomass), thermoelectric power plant, cement, mining, fertilizer and processes industry, port terminals for grain and other materials such as iron ore, coal, among others.
Using all the expertise obtained in its 55 years, and having a team of professionals that specialize in areas such as electrical and mechanical engineering, automation and environmental control, TMSA has also consolidated a new concept in bulk transportation technology.
Enclosed belt conveyors were projected and developed to carry solid bulk cargoes, with environmental and ecological concerns as a focus, since the enclosing system prevents the escape of any of the transported product, avoiding dust emissions. This ensures greater organi­zation, in addition to avoiding waste. One important feature of TMSA's enclosed conveyors is that they are developed according to need and are easily adapted to the production and assembly line of each customer.
Main features of enclosed belt conveyors:
* all-purpose equipment, which can be adapted to the customer's needs;
* tensioning stations through screw type system or horizontal gravity and counterweight;
* rollers easy to disassemble, without the need to move the belt for eventual maintenance services;
* fully enclosed equipment, meeting all the requirements of the regulatory standard number 12 (Safety at work in machinery and equipment);
* possibility of adapting firefighting systems as requested by the customer;
* high load capacity impact rollers strategically arranged in order to reduce impacts at the feeding points, increasing the belt's operational life;
* easy operation and equipment maintenance.
Exclusive to TMSA: audacious belt conveyor project with air-supported return is already a reference in Brazil
The new concept in belt conveyors is present in enclosed belt conveyors — the return is supported by air. This represents the future of solid bulk transportation systems; the new system provides spare and maintenance cost reduction, bringing state-of-the-art technology to the market.
With a forecast for completion in April 2021, the terminal project at the Port of Santos will include: a shiploader with a capacity of 2,500 tonnes per hour for soybeans; two enclosed belt conveyors with air-supported return; as well as transfer towers, flow scale and integrating scale.
The basic principle of the belt conveyor with air-supported return — and its main difference compared with other conveyors — is low pressure air inflation in the belt return region in the enclosed conveyor. The air is captured from the atmosphere and sent to an air chamber (plenum), and then it is inflated through small holes in the lower region of the conveyor. In this way, it forms an air layer between the bottom plate and the conveyor belt. This air layer considerably reduces the friction, reducing wear and significantly increasing the system's service life.
This exclusive TMSA system revolutionises the market bringing gains and advantages, such as:
* low power consumption;
* easy access and large windows for inspections;
* shortest period of machine downtime;
* longer service life of the belt and com­ponents; and
* due to the low friction in the return, it is possible to develop and build equipment of significantly greater length than conven­tional systems.
TMSA has successfully supplied more than 1,000 bulk material handling facilities over the last 55 years.
TMSA is responsible for the construction of the first port system for loading soybean in Brazil, in 1972. It develops alternatives to optimize the cost–benefit ratio in the construction of port terminals and warehouses for solid bulk. Millions of product tonnes are stored and moved in TMSA’s equipment, or equipment supplied by major partners, in almost all continents. Since 1966, TMSA has been involved in over 1,000 projects.