Shifting Heads

Shifting heads are devices designed for the quick and efficient shifting (or moving) of shiftable conveyors.

Bench conveyors, which are operated together with mining and dumping machines, boast a shiftable design, which enables them to be moved according to the changing layout of the mine. As such, the conveyor modules are equipped with steel sleepers and rails to allow easy shifting. The shifting procedure is performed by a shifting vehicle, which travels up and down the conveyor line and moves the conveyor in incremental steps into its new position. The shifting vehicle has a special attachment for rail clamping the shifting head.

Shifting heads are designed according to the specific rail type and the shifting vehicle to be employed at the mine.

Our product range covers shifting head fabrication as well as  testing at  our Product & Service Center in Germany.


  • Customer
    Project Name
    Shifting head for shiftable dump conveyor
    Euroasiatic Energy Corporation
    Open-pit mine Vostochny

    Special design for extreme climate conditions

    TAKRAF delivered the shifting head as part of a complete crushing, conveying and dumping system for the open-pit mine Vostochny in Kazakhstan. The shifting head has a special design for cold climate conditions and can be operated at temperatures down to -43 °C. The shifting head is adapted to the rail type R 65 according to Russian GOST standard.

    Project figures

    hydraulically actuated
    R 65 according to GOST standard
    1,800 mm
    from -43 °C to +40 °C
  • Efficiency

    • Our shifting heads are designed, fabricated and tested in our own factory in Germany and allow for the quick and easy movement of shiftable bench conveyors
  • Safety

    • Our shifting heads allow for the quick and safe movement of shiftable bench conveyors
  • Technical Excellence

    • Our shifting heads are adapted to the specific rail type, as well as the specific shifting vehicle(s) to be used at the mine site


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