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Scrapers win stockyard ascendancy?

In controlling the flow of materials such as coal, ore, limestone or clinker into stockpiles, the mechanical stacking function is comparatively straightforward.
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Reclaiming it, on the other hand, is considerably more complex as there is often a requirement to blend or homogenise the commodity at the same time. Stockyard machines are usually located in a bottle-neck situation at the crucial interface between incoming and outgoing commodity flows and have to be extremely reliable as replacement machines or alternative routes are not available in most instances. A mechanical failure can cause the shut-down, for example, of a complete power station or cement plant.
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