By Cameron T. Portelli, Kinder Australia – A belt conveyor load zone under a primary sizer was experiencing multiple failures to plant. The system transports 5500 tph of Iron Ore, 6 m drop height and a lump size of 500 mm+. To reduce unplanned maintenance and stretch shutdown intervals by increasing the life of the belt, rollers and frames; an engineered impact belt support system with dynamic characteristics was sought. Continue reading Reducing Belt Conveyor Transfer Impact Energy using a Dynamic Idler
Paderborn, Germany – In addition to reliable process functionality an efficient cleaning process of the horizontal mixing system is becoming increasingly important. Nowadays, those hygienic requirements are no longer limited to the pharmaceutical industry. An integrated cleaning system is more often requested for new machine’s basic equipment in the food, cosmetics and chemical industries. A particular focus is the prevention of cross-contamination by allergens, flavors and active ingredients during product changeovers as well as the elimination of potential microbiological contamination. Continue reading WIP Process in Horizontal Mixing Systems
Drachten, Netherlands – Considering the huge amounts of money spent on conveyors and conveyor belting and the numerous challenges they can present, deciding on exactly what type of edge a conveyor belt should have does not really sound particularly important. But strange as it may seem, selecting the right type of belt edge can have an enormous impact, especially in terms of cost. Here, Dunlop Conveyor Belting’s Les Williams throws some surprising light on the subject and provides some useful hints on how to potentially save quite a lot of money. Continue reading Dunlop Conveyor Belting: A Guide to the Types of Belt Edge used in Rubber Conveyor Belts
By Leslie David – The harmful and, in many cases, potentially lethal substances used in industrial manufacturing processes have been a cause for concern for many years not only amongst consumers but also those who come in contact with them in the course of their day-to-day work. When the European Union’s REACH regulation EC 1907/2006 came into force in June 2007 those concerns should have largely been dispelled. Continue reading Something Smells wrong: are Lives being put at Risk by Conveyor Belt Manufacturers
Conveyor belts are required to handle an extremely diverse range of demands from wear, tear and impact damage right through to ozone and ultra violet radiation. With those demands comes an almost bewildering range of test methods and quality standards applied to each nindividual demand. In this special feature, conveyor belt consultant Leslie David explains who sets the standards and defines the test methods as well as some enlightening insights as to what to avoid and what to insist upon when choosing conveyor belts for specific tasks.
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Sarasota (FL), United States – What is worse than wasted effort? Economical losses and decreased productivity. Moisture measurement is a crucial aspect in manufacturing from the initial process to the end-product stage. Product quality and consistency are forefront with MoistTech in the development of the IR3000 sensor to accurately provide moisture and coating measurements throughout the process, yielding a consistent product quality from lab to line that immediately reduces down-time, wasted energy and product loss. Continue reading Moisture Measurement & Control yields immediate Results: Consistent Product Quality from Lab to Line
Neponset (IL), United States – Since most Conveyor Injuries occur during Routine Maintenance or Cleaning, the Control of fugitive Materials is one of the most important Factors to reduce Hazards and prevent Injuries. In this article Martin Engineering explains how, in a properly-engineered transfer point, each component is employed to maximize its specific function and contain dust and fines, while at the same time offering workers easy access for maintenance. Continue reading Conveyor Transfer Point Design: Material Containment for Safety & Efficiency
Lincoln (NE), United States – Using a continuous level sensor to monitor the material level in your storage vessels can help your operation maintain efficiency – preventing costly process interruptions and keeping you up-to-date on your inventory level. This whitepaper is intended to help operations choose a continuous level sensor without having to wade through volumes of technical data. It will briefly describe the sensor types available, address the pros and cons of each type, and explain what information you need to gather before working with a sensor supplier.
Lincoln (NE), United States – For almost a decade, 3DLevelScanners have been providing highly accurate level and volume measurement in challenging materials contained in bins, tanks, and silos. Measuring and mapping the material surface, these sensor sends pulses in a 70° beam angle, taking multiple level measurements and accounting for uneven surface topography when calculating volume. Continue reading BinMaster: 3D Level Sensors can solve the toughest Food Storage Challenges
Neponset (IL), United States – The ability to maintain the proper force required to keep the edge of a belt cleaner blade against the belt is a key factor in the performance of any cleaning system. Blade-to-belt pressure must be controlled to achieve optimal cleaning with a minimal rate of blade wear. A belt cleaner that is properly installed and adjusted as described in this Martin Engineering article helps to minimize carryback and spillage, reducing risk and overall operating costs. Continue reading Martin Engineering: How to achieve cleaner, safer and more productive Conveying with optimized Belt Cleaner Tension