Neponset (IL), United States – An innovative cement manufacturer in the Midwestern U.S. has implemented a unique power solution developed by Martin Engineering at a remote conveyor location that lacked convenient electrical access. The patent-pending design uses the kinetic energy of the moving belt to generate enough electricity to drive an automated dust suppression system, a pneumatic belt cleaner tensioner and a series of air cannons, helping operators at the Illinois Cement Plant reduce fugitive dust and spillage, increase cargo flow efficiency and minimize labor costs for cleaning and maintenance. Continue reading Martin Engineering: Cement Plant overcomes remote Conveyor Issueswith unique Power Generation Technology
Braeside (VIC), Australia – WARNING! Enter with Extreme Caution! On-site safety signs are designed to alert maintenance workers to potential hazards before entering and performing maintenance work in dangerous and unsafe materials handling environments such as inside chutes, silos and hoppers. Often the necessary maintenance work may require permits and adherence to safety precautions before entering these “confined areas”.
Braeside (VIC), Australia – Timely and efficient material transport from one conveyor belt to the other — with minimum spillage and maintaining the structural integrity of the conveyor belt — is crucial for the long-term viability of any bulk handling operation. By accurately identifying, evaluating and optimizing existing belt loading, transshipment facilities can reduce many unpleasant problems on site and address the safety issues of dust emissions.
Rosenfeld, Germany – The conditions in underground mining can be extreme for man and machine. The Flexco Europe offers solutions that enable conveyor belt operators to improve their processes and considerably simplify maintenance and repair work in this harsh environment. At the Ugol Rossii & Mining trade fair the specialist company will also be showing the FLEXCO XP belt fasteners.
Neponset (IL), USA – Martin Engineering has supplied belt conveyor technology to 316 Mining Company to maximize the output of their gold mining operations. 316 Mining is well known from “Gold Rush”, the most popular show on the Discovery channel. The show follows the exploits of three competing mining teams as they seek to extract the most placer gold from their operations.
Neponset (IL), USA – Martin Engineering has helped a U.S. cement plant resolve clogging issues in its clinker cooler, using advanced air cannon technology and an innovative mounting strategy. HeidelbergCement’s Lehigh-Hanson facility upgraded to modern air cannons and set them in a long U-shaped pipe configuration away from the hottest area of the cooler to offer powerful material flow support with easy maintenance. The result is a safer workplace, extended equipment life, less downtime and a lower cost of operation. Continue reading Martin Engineering: Innovative Air Cannon Positioning at Clinker Cooler for easier Maintenance
Crystal Lake (IL), USA – General Kinematics has introduced BARRIER™, a vibratory equipment monitoring solution that includes three components: APEX™, VERTEX™ and NOMADX™. Barrier provides three levels of equipment tracking that can be customized to the user’s process to better maintain their equipment and avoid downtime. Continue reading General Kinematics introduce Barrier Advanced Vibratory Equipment Monitoring
Rosenfeld, Germany – When a conveyor belt is stopped for maintenance, say in a coal mine, its own weight can create problems by distributing the tension unevenly. To ensure that a belt can be safely cut and securely spliced by service technicians, the forces in the area under repair should be spread over the whole width. For this purpose Flexco has developed the TUG HD belt clamp. It is suitable for a variety of materials and belt types – and meets rigorous industry standards. Continue reading Flexco TUG HD Belt Clamp simplifies Maintenance Work on Conveyor Belts
Happy New Year! As we head into a new year many of us resolve to be less stressed, more efficient and in the best shape of our lives. Those same resolutions can often be applied to capital equipment. So while you are setting those goals to improve your well-being in 2016, let us review the ways we can improve the life of our equipment. A few simple preventative maintenance items can make 2016 your continuous barge unloader’s best year yet.
Proper equipment maintenance is crucial in extending the useful life of any machine. For a continuous barge unloader the maintenance of trolley thrust rollers is paramount to efficient function. Without properly adjusted thrust rollers installed weight is redistributed to other components that are simply not designed to handle them. Thrust rollers are necessary to bare heavy loads.
Issues involving trunnion equalizers, rail or wheel flanges are often the result of poorly maintained thrust rollers. Thrust rollers must be properly maintained to avoid a snowball effect of malfunction.
Regularly completing a visual inspection of the thrust roller can help to avoid long term damage. Be on the lookout for any side to side motion which would be a telltale sign that there is an issue.
It is of utmost importance that the rollers be lubricated regularly. Depending on the machine’s usage level this may be once week, up to daily for machines that run 24/7.
Maintaining the integrity of the trolley thrust roller will prevent wear on the flanges of the trolley wheels, wear on the side of the main vertical rail head as well as excessive stress on the trunnion equalizer wheel frames.
Basic maintenance will help prolong the life of rails, trunnions, wheels and ultimately the life of the continuous barge unloaders.
H&P offers and strongly recommends comprehensive inspections for all continuous barge unloaders. As the Original Equipment Manufacturer, no one understands the machine better or is more qualified than Heyl & Patterson to determine the condition and expected operating life.
In addition to this capital equipment, Heyl & Patterson is also a trusted partner after the sale, to cover the complete operational life of customers’ machines. This wide range of services also includes replacement parts and upgrades whether the equipment was purchased from our company or another manufacturer, as well as inspections to maintain operation at peak performance and field service to help extend a machine’s life. Additional literature in the green-branded Bulk Transfer Division line includes CBU Upgrades, Railcar Dumping Systems, Hammermills, Dumper Upgrades and Railcar Movers.
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Baghouse Services Utilize 40 Years of Experience
With over 40 years of dust collection experience, our Baghouse Service Program helps customers lower emissions and meet EPA standards. Experienced technicians and trained crews handle inspections, bag changes, repairs, installations both new & used, flow studies, conversions and more for any size dust collector or brand.
Benefits of Baghouse Service Program:
Extended life of bags
- Lower emissions
- Reduced downtime
- Reduced in-house maintenance costs
- Improved plant sanitation and employee satisfaction
- Minimized plant liability
- Reduced operational costs
- Reduced spare parts inventory
Monitoring the Differential Pressure of Your Baghouse
Tips from Schenck Process Service Technicians to ensure your equipment continues to run accurately and efficiently.
- The differential pressure reading is a simple way to get a quick assessment of how your baghouse is running. It is important to monitor the pressure differential of your baghouse on a regular basis (at least once a day), and make sure the pressure differential gauge is working correctly.
- If there are any sudden changes in the pressure differential, whether up or down, first make sure the two lines connecting the gauge are not plugged, crimped or damaged.
- If the gauge is reading “normal” range, and there are no emissions visible, the filter is running properly. If, however, you begin to notice an upward creep in the pressure differential, it can be an indication that the filter bags are beginning to plug and may need to be replaced.
- If there is sudden upward spike in pressure differential, it is usually symptomatic of an upset condition in the baghouse (for example, a sudden influx of moisture-laden air that decreases bag permeability) or possible problems with the bag-cleaning system.
- If there is a sudden decrease in pressure differential, often accompanied by visible emissions, may indicate actual failure of one or more filter bags.
- If you have any questions please contact our Baghouse Service group at 800-821-2476.
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Tech Tips:MECHATRON Feeders
Tips from Schenck Process Service Technicians to ensure your equipment continues to run accurately and efficiently.
- Make sure your flex hopper clamp is above the guide pin on the front of the hopper. This ensures material will never leak from the flex hopper connection.
- Do not use any chlorine based cleaners on the flexible hopper. If you have questions check with the Schenck Process Service department to make sure you’re cleaner is approved.
- Make sure your inlet and discharge connections always have a little bit of slack. A feeder on load cells should be “floating.”
- If in gravimetric mode make sure the feeder remains untouched. Bumping or resting on the feeder while its running can greatly influence the load cells and flow rate.
- If changing to a new material, contact the Schenck Process Service department to help verify your helix is capable of your required rates.
- If you have any questions please contact our Technical Service group at 888-742-1249 x3.
Repair Program Extends Product Life
The Schenck Process Equipment Repair Program helps customer minimize costs, and avoid downtime. Repair work can be done on a wide range of equipment, for both Schenck AccuRate and Mac Process product lines.
Our Whitewater, WI Repair Center offers repairs on Schenck Process weighing and feeding equipment such as: feeders and weighfeeders, load cell modules, counterbalance scales, platform scales, mass flow meters, IDMS valves, iris valves, and controls. Schenck Process service personnel are available for on and off-site repairs and equipment exchange during times of repair. When available, refurbished equipment can be exchanged or rented during times of repair, reducing plant downtime.
The Valve Rebuild Center located in Sabetha, KS, restores airlocks and vales to peak performance. Services offered include: re-machining of castings, replacement of components (seals, o-rings, package bearings, and shaft blades), sandblasting, painting, re-anodizing, and new actuator packages. Schenck Process technicians will conduct a full inspection of equipment and will send a detailed estimate. Refurbished valves are returned in like-new condition and come with a 1 year warranty.
About Schenck Process
The name Schenck Process is synonymous with more than 125 years of experience and is a strong brand. Originally founded as an iron foundry and weighing machine factory, it has grown to become one of the global market leaders in applied measuring and process technology. In 22 countries on five continents, more than 3,200 employees are developing innovative solutions for weighing, feeding, conveying, screening, automation and air filtration technology processes. The members of the Schenck Process Group are: Schenck Process, Schenck AccuRate, Stock, Redler, Fairfield, Screenex, Pentec, Clyde Process and Mac Process.