The K-Speedskirt Hardskirt Plate is a new generation technology composite hardskirt, introduced recently by Kinder Australia Pty Ltd. It has been announced by the Australian Bulk Handling Review as a shortlisted winner in their 2016 annual industry awards for the category of “Innovative Technology”.
Hardskirts are often overlooked and yet are a critical component of high-capacity bulk transport systems. Despite the three-fold increase in conveying speeds and capacities over the past 30 years, the same materials and technologies are often used (Ni-Hard, chrome-white iron, rubber, rubber-ceramics).
Hardskirts wear unevenly, so they are difficult to adjust and the changeout procedures are challenging. This often leads to material getting trapped, causing accelerated belt wear. Kinder Australia introduces K-Speedskirt, ceramic and composite hardskirts with differentiated wear and impact resistance on the face and edges (bevels). High-tech materials and assembly techniques ensure that the best durability is achieved, and that flow performance and belt safety are maintained consistently. The edges (bevels) have a very low wear rate, so the most important part of the hard skirt is able to retain its profile longer, which in-turn yields the following benefits:
- Up to 8 times longer hardskirt durability.
- Dramatically reduced belt cover wear.
- Less spillage and elimination of premature skirting wear.
– The durability factor is a reference indicator against AR500 steel in overlay hardskirts and against standard alumina ceramics in composite hardskirts.
– All hardskirt plates may be supplied with preinstalled bolts or with adjustable bolt holes.