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
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
Heidenheim, Germany – BeltGenius ALEX (Alignment Expert) from Voith analyzes the alignment of carrying idlers in conveyor systems as part of its service portfolio. As soon as the system sensors detect a deviation from the set values during their temporary measurement, BeltGenius ALEX reports the problem and provides specific solution suggestions. In first installations, the system greatly reduced idler wear, energy costs, and associated CO2 emissions. Continue reading Voith: Optimized Belt Alignment reduces Energy Consumption and Idler Wear
Neponset (IL), United States – The Coffeyville Resources Nitrogen Fertilizer plant in Kansas has adopted innovative belt cleaning, alignment and modular chute technology to resolve tracking, spillage and dust problems on two conveyors transporting petroleum coke (petcoke). Martin Engineering redesigned the system with belt stabilization and chute sealing technology, sensitive belt tracking equipment and heavy-duty primary and secondary belt cleaners.
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.
Barnetby, UK — A global provider of quicklime and chalk products has resolved a significant fugitive material problem by implementing state-of-the-art containment and dust suppression on one of its primary limestone conveyors. After finding that an estimated 10 to 20% of the material load was spilling along the belt path, Singleton Birch implemented a control strategy from Martin Engineering that included a rebuilt transfer point as the material takes an approx. 6 metre (20-foot) drop from one belt to another.