Our customer is an ACT-based building and construction materials supplier. They were looking for a way to improve the wear life of their transfer chute. Whilst a Hardox steel lining had previously been installed, it was not coping with the large bulk volume being conveyed at this site. The 2 metre drop height of the chute is severe and the Hardox lining was lasting just 3 weeks before it required replacing. The replacement value and stoppage time requirements were making this lining very costly to maintain.
After 6 months of full capacity production and no maintenance stoppages, two K-Redi-Liner® Ceramic modular lining panels that were positioned on the leading edge of the inside of the chute and experiencing the full impact of the Basalt Blue Metal application dropping from a 2 metre height, were starting to show a small amount of wear. Without the need for any welding, these two lightweight K-Redi-Liner® panels were then re-positioned and rotated to another area within the chute that experienced slightly less direct impact, but still had the capacity to provide very effective lining protection.
After experiencing such a dramatic and instant improvement to the overall productivity of the conveyor, inspecting the K-Redi-Liner® panels 9 months since their initial installation (with production of approximately 200,000 tonnes of Basalt Blue Metal) and the site’s maintenance supervisor has reported that he is delighted with the performance of the K-Redi-Liner® Ceramic. Subsequently plain K-Redi-Liner® Polyurethane panels have been installed in areas that experience sliding abrasion and they are also still in use showing very little signs of any wear.