The nature of bulk materials handling operations means dust and spillage problems are inevitable. Likewise, conveyor belt misalignment is also often considered the root cause of most common conveyor problems and the leading cause of conveyor shutdowns.
During the initial design phase, PW Engineering collaborated with Russet to factor in the installation of a top-notch / targeted belt misalignment and dust solution for the new plant. Installing a belt tracking and dust suppression solution right from the plant’s inception was necessary to prevent unwanted productivity interruptions and downtime when dealing with the transport of bulk materials along the conveyor stream.
The client highlighted some key criteria for the targeted solution:
- Conveyor reliability and safety at the core.
- Fit for purpose belt tracking and dust / spillage solution.
- Industry best practice conveyor components / equipment.
As part of the targeted dust / spillage solution, the design included Kinder’s the Essential SNAP Seal, belt support and skirting solution, seven in total within the conveyor system’s seven primary load zone areas. Installing K-Shield Impact Belt Support System onto the biggest conveyor made sense as it was the taking the largest throughput and fullest impact.
For the lower throughput conveyors, the operator opted for the installation of Kinder’s side skirting / belt support solution, K-Containment® Seal, K-Snap-Loc® Dust Seal and K-Sure® Belt Support System with a rolling element.
Reliability was a major consideration for selecting and installing Kinder’s K-Commander® Conical Tracker. Without a suitable belt tracking solution, the belt will fail to track properly, there is also potential for conveyor structural damage and reduced service life of the belt.
With conveyor safety also at the core a total of 575 metres of K-AllShelter® Capotex Conveyor Covers was installed as an effective way of reducing dust emissions from the conveyor system.
The collaboration between Kinder Australia, Russet and PW Engineering to deliver the belt tracking / dust control solution to the client overall has been well planned, designed and installed. Initial reports from client’s maintenance and management teams have all been very positive.
The belt tracking / dust control solution from the onset will contribute to saving the operator time and money by more effectively managing resources and ultimately avoidance of costly productivity shutdowns, which can erode the operator’s bottom line.