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As the holiday season approaches, some industries are winding down operations, and for some, production is just getting warmed up. You may be surprised to know that both these times are optimal for a total belt conveyor assessment. Read our latest blog to find out why.
You installed belt cleaners to limit the amount of maintenance and downtime on your belt conveyor system. But what kind of maintenance do the belt cleaners require to make sure they are working in the most effective way possible? Product Manager Kevin Fales introduces us to the three principles of belt cleaner maintenance in his newest blog.
You don’t have to run out and buy a whole new set of belt clamps for that maintenance project. Increasing your load capacity can be as easy as combining your current bars and new end clamps – if you have the right equipment and a few best practices. Training and Technical Specialist Russ Heintz gives you all the tools you need to get the job done in his latest blog.
What do endless splices have to do with sanitation? Product Manager Michelle Graves dives into what could be hiding in your conveyor belting if you aren’t using the right equipment and monitoring your splices.
Flexco believes the heart of your operation is your conveyor system, and that yearly assessments are a necessity to keep things moving in the right direction. Flexco Industry Manager Franklin Moore fills us in on how easy it is to schedule a system evaluation and what to look for during a good assessment.
If you had the chance to increase productivity in your bakery with just a few simple changes, would you? Of course you would. Flexco Industry Manager Todd Stewart tackles the top three belt conveyor issues in industrial baking, including sanitation, cross-contamination, and carryback in his latest blog.
Testing has shown that, with the right fastener, mechanical splices can withstand
tensions of up to 2000 P.I.W and belt strengths up to 3500 kN/m. That is why choosing the right fastener is so integral to the life of your belt, worker safety, and conveyor line productivity. Our latest blog discusses the BIG THREE factors that should influence your fastener selection.
Every year we see thousands of recalls resulting from undeclared allergens, and cross-contamination is just one of the ways these allergens sneak their way into our baked goods. Flexco Product Manager Michelle Graves and Industry Manager Todd Stewart tag team the subject of cross-contamination and discuss how you can keep your belt splicing equipment from contributing to the issue.
With the summer travel season in full swing, are you doing everything you can to keep baggage moving? Assessing your transfer points for possible jams is one way to get bags to the correct destination on time and without damage. In this blog, Flexco Industry Manager Todd Stewart identifies the most troublesome areas in your system and the available solutions.
Finding the right fastener for a high-tension application can be tough. Straight warp belting is known for its rip resistance and long-life because of its unique construction, but choosing a fastener that won’t weaken the carcass is challenging. Our latest blog introduces you to the rivet-style fastener and tells you why it’s the perfect fastener for the job.
You’ve reviewed the technical data sheet and mastered the temperature, pressure, and dwell time settings for this type of belt. These settings have worked time and time again, producing a perfect endless splice. So why is this one taking so long? The voltage variance strikes again. Take a deep dive with Product Manager Michelle Graves as she explains how voltage affects your splice in our newest blog.
You don’t hear much about hinge pins when you’re installing splices. In fact, oftentimes hinge pins are an afterthought and common workshop materials (like weld bar and bailing wire) are instead used to bring your belt together. But shouldn’t you spend a bit more time selecting the very thing that completes a splice? Ramses Banda Marquez, Flexco’s Product Manager, says yes and explains why in his latest blog.
For most people, coming across a problem that can’t be fixed with an off-the-shelf solution is frustrating. But at Flexco, we love a good challenge. From product development, to engineering, to assembly, there’s nothing like a good puzzle to bring us together and produce a great solution to increase our customers’ productivity. Our latest blog covers two unique applications that required some out-of-the-box solutions.
Every minute of downtime can cost you. So when you’re installing a splice, you want it done quickly so you can get back up and running. But you also want it done right so you aren’t faced with downtime again. Training and Technical Specialist Russ Heintz gives us a sneak peek at the tips he gives customers all over the world regarding what to look for in a good splice.
In the parcel handling industry, the holidays are no time to be dealing with belt conveyor issues. Assessing your conveyor belt and accessories during slower times can ensure that they are running at peak performance when you need them most. In this blog, Flexco Industry Manager Todd Stewart highlights three things you should be looking for when checking out your conveyors.
Are you dealing with common problems such a belt wear, product loss, dust, spillage, mistracking or damaged equipment in or around your load zone? In his latest blog, Kevin Fales explains how protecting your load zone can increase your productivity. Kevin also describes how to choose the best protection for your specific application and provides the tools you need to get started quickly and easily. You’ll be well-equipped to solve those pesky load zone problems once and for all.
If you’re bringing your endless splicing in house, you should consider bringing your belt preparation in house as well. Flexco Product Manager Michelle Graves will walk you through the benefits of in-house belt punching – including significant cost-savings on belting and easy, portable tooling – in her latest blog.
Clamping the belt is a necessity every time you go to repair a belt. But what’s most important is that it’s done properly. You can’t guarantee that a C-clamp and a piece of wood can handle the load on your belt, so why take the risk? Learn why engineered belt clamps are the safer way to go in our latest blog.
Dealing with product carryback on your light-duty belt may seem inevitable – a cost of doing business. But every ounce of wasted product and every shut down for repair or replacement is an opportunity to improve your productivity. Flexco Product Manager Ramses Banda Marquez compares homemade cleaning solutions to engineered belt cleaners. Read to find out which solution will save you more time and money.
Join Flexco Product Manager Ramses Banda Marquez as he explores the use of carded and common bar hooks as light-duty belt splicing solutions. In this blog, Banda Marquez reviews why hook fasteners are used and which applications would be most appropriate for the carded and common bar hook styles.
While most people are kicking off the New Year with resolutions, Martin O’Neill, Senior Director of North American Sales and Global Strategic Accounts, is taking the time to reflect on 2018. In this blog, Martin has listed the top three Flexco solutions of 2018 and offers up insights into what they reveal for the year to come.
In Part II of our splice press recipe development series, Michelle Graves discusses the fundamentals of your recipe: temperature, pressure, and time. She also addresses other variables like preheating, press temperature variations, and the use of foil in presses. Finally, she’ll discuss the tools available to make recipe management easier for your operation.
Developing a new endless splice recipe can be a challenging process – especially when there’s insufficient technical information available. In Part One of our two-part splice press recipe development series, we review what info you need to get started and how your belt type affects your recipe and the resulting endless splice.
Efficient belt cleaning is key to optimizing the performance of your conveyor system. Clean conveyor belts last longer and help to reduce costs and downtime for repairs or maintenance for the entire system. Find out why conveyor belts need belt cleaners, what some important differences between belt cleaners are, and why you should replace your ineffective belt cleaner before it’s too late.
When you’re working on a time sensitive order or project, a tear in the belt could mean the difference between making the deadline and missing it. It doesn’t matter how it happened – jagged chunks of rock, a razor sharp idler roll, a piece of scrap iron – you just know your whole operation has grinded to a halt. Product expert Russ Heintz had been there and knows just what you need to get back up and running in as little time as possible.
The world was a different place 10 years ago! Tom Wujek, Flexco Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer, has witnessed industries transform, seen new technology evolve into critical business elements, and watched customers’ needs and priorities move in new directions. He takes a closer look at Flexco from 10 years ago to now and hints at what is to come for the future.
Grain operations have a lot to think about when maintaining their belt conveyors. Limiting downtime and reducing the risk of explosion are two main factors to consider when choosing a method. Flexco Senior Product Manager Aaron Rosso discusses the best methods and materials for grain operations in his latest blog.
Once impact beds or idlers are installed at the load point, it’s easy to overlook the rest of the transfer area. But the areas surrounding it also need support, not only for the material but also to provide a sturdy area so that skirting can keep the load on the belt and control dust as the product settles. Read on to find out why it’s important to support the transfer area of your conveyor line.
Package damage and belt damage doesn’t have to be a “cost of doing business” for package handling operations. At least, not when it comes to your hitch transfers. There is a way to keep customers and your maintenance team happy. Flexco Product Expert Todd Stewart gives you the rundown on all the possible solutions, including homemade, OEM, and engineered solutions.
There is a lot to consider when choosing the best urethane blade for your belt cleaner, including the formulation of the polyurethane, the cleaning efficiency of the blade, and the life expectancy you will receive from your investment. Kevin Fales, Product Manager of Belt Conveyor Products at Flexco delves into these topics and shares independent lab test results that reveal the performance of common urethane blades on the market.
Have you ever wondered why tungsten carbide blades are used on belt cleaners? Because belt cleaners equipped with tungsten carbide blades provide superior cleaning efficiency and are a popular choice for sites wanting to reduce maintenance costs, and get improved blade life. We take a closer look at the differences between carbides and list the reasons and applications where a tungsten carbide blade is the best choice.
How much time are you losing, waiting for your belt to be repaired? How many customer deadlines are you missing because you’re at a standstill? How much revenue is left sitting on your belt during unexpected periods of downtime? All tough questions. What can you do to decrease downtime? Easy. Bring your endless belt splicing in house.
When your system is down, and you need to bring someone in to repair your conveyor belt, you lose time and money. Bringing your endless splicing in-house would give you and your maintenance team more control over when those splices can be completed, and could avoid long delays during emergency belt repairs.
Do you want to solve mistracking, spillage, or premature wear issues at your load point? A few simple changes to a system can increase efficiency and productivity and decrease the amount of time spent crunching numbers to cut costs, so it’s also important to evaluate the load point and the area after the load point. Here are some tips that are sure to help.
Maximum splice performance and longevity depends on a number of factors. Michelle Graves, Flexco Product Expert, discusses what factors should be considered when making the choice between installing Finger and Finger-Over-Finger splices on your light-duty belt.
As a manufacturer, your goal is to make the most of every minute, reduce downtime and maximise productivity. Sanitation is a critical and regular part of food and beverage manufacturing. By investing in the right tools for your belt splicing, you can take control of the sanitation process in your facility.
The world is going digital – and so is Flexco. We’ve taken our manual system of conducting belt conveyor assessments and turned it into an app. When one small conveyor issue can be the difference between millions of dollars in lost downtime, time is of the essence and this app is making a belt conveyor assessment quicker, easier, and smarter than ever before.
When you’re on the job, day in and day out, common belt conveyor problems can go unnoticed because you aren’t actively looking for them. But a quick visual inspection can mean the difference between a productive day and a costly day for your aggregate operation. Ryan Grevenstuk, Director of Marketing – Heavy Duty takes a look at some common conveyor challenges and how to fix them.
Are you dealing with a conveyor belt that refuses to stay on track? A mistracking belt can lead to material spillage, damage to the structure, and not to mention the damage to the conveyor belt. So what is the most effective solution to belt mistracking? We break it down.
When it comes time for conveyor belt repair, the most important part of the process is often the most overlooked. Along with squaring the belt before cutting, skiving the belt is an area that is often missing in the repair process. Aaron Rosso, Senior Product Manager at Flexco, discusses why you should and shouldn’t be skiving your belt.
Without the correct tensioning, belt cleaner performance is seriously compromised, which directly affects the efficiency of the conveyor system. Kevin Fales, Product Manager of Belt Conveyor Products at Flexco, discusses how incorrect tensioning can affect the productivity of your system, and how to get it right for maximum cleaning efficiency.
There are a number of different materials being conveyed around a cement plant, ranging from dust to large, sharp rocks, and each have different abrasiveness and moisture contents. If you can succeed in getting all these materials moved around without spilling off the belt, maintenance efforts and dollars can be focused elsewhere.
It’s tempting to cut a few corners and skip steps along the way when splicing your belt. One step you should never skip is properly squaring the belt. Squaring your belt ends is a job that requires only a few minutes of your time, but offers real paybacks in extending your belt splice life.
Conveyor belts never fail when you have plenty of time to fix them; they always fail when you are up against a deadline or pushing to get that order out. So when everything is counting on getting your belt conveyor up and running again, what kind of splice press will help you get the job done? Air-cooled or water-cooled?
Maintaining a clean belt is one of the most important factors in the overall efficiency, profitability and safety of a conveyor operation. In spite of all of this, the use of a proper belt cleaning system is still widely overlooked throughout the industry.
Most belt conveyor operators know that when it comes to the critical issue of belt splicing, there are two primary options to consider – vulcanized splicing through heat or chemicals and mechanical fastening with metal hinges or plates. What they may not know are all of the factors that influence the decision and ultimately determine the success of the splice.
Even the slightest movement or change in your conveyor operation can produce some of the largest consequences if a belt becomes mistracked. And, if the belts are not adjusted quickly and correctly, it can cause subsequent, difficult-to-fix damage to the conveyor.
Just as one large pothole can compromise your car’s tire, one large rock can damage the load support, and consequently the belt, if material weight exceeds the design capacity. Truth is that belts and load supports see EVERY ounce of EVERY ton of product so protecting the belt in the load zone, even under unusual conditions, is critical to an efficient and working line.
As we move further into 2018, it is important to take a moment and reflect on the plans and objectives that were set for the year ahead. Conducting an independent assessment of your belt conveyor system is one such action item that should be taken soon to stay on course for a successful 2018.
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