Something as simple as a crosswind on a conveyor without a cover can cause the belt to mistrack. In particular, high conveyor structures with steep inclines can be prone to this type of mistracking due to the exposure to high winds. Other factors such as the belt width, the weight of the product pulling on the belt and the troughing angle, all combine to affect the overall product surface that is caught by the wind.
The off-centre tracking of the belt seen here occurs when a belt is constantly subjected to a sidewind. To help prevent the belt mistracking, as well as potential product loss from the crosswind, we recommend the installation a series of K-Wind Guards to act as an effective shield from the elements.
K-Wind Guards are made of 1.2mm thick ZincAnneal steel sheet and have cross breaks for added stiffening. They are available in 2 sizes 883mm x 530mm & 578mm x 430mm and have hemmed edges to avoid injury. Kinder & Co’s K-Wind Guards are simple to install by bolting on to the existing frames.
Strong gusty hot north-westerly winds are predicted again for next week in central NSW. Both South Australia and Victoria have recently experienced some of the highest wind speeds recorded in over 3 decades and there are more wind warnings on the way for coastal WA and SA for the week ahead.
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