CASE STUDY : K-Superskirt Engineered Polyurethane - Port of Gladstone, Queensland
Kinder Australia Pty Ltd
Material Handling Equipment, Conveyors, Polyurethane
Case Study : K-Superskirt Engineered Polyurethane
Product : K-Superskirt Engineered Polyurethane
Belt Conveyor Systems
Product category : Conveyor Skirting & Transfer
Location : Port of Gladstone, Queensland
Conveyed materials : Coal
Conveyed belt width : 2400mm
Length at transfer point : 7 metres (3.5m x 2)
Conveyed belt speed : 5.2 metres per second
Rate : 6000 tonnes per hour
Belt downtime : 2 hours for skirting replacement
Compulsory change-out time : Every 5 weeks
Installation date : September 2008 Previous Problem
Gladstone Ports Corporation was looking to improve its bulk materials handling processes. One of the areas under examination was the conveyor system with a focus on how to make it safer, more reliable and improve its overall performance and uptime.
In September 2008, Gladstone Ports Corporation and the engineering team at Kinder & Co collaborated to trial a new material that they hoped would dramatically improve the transfer point efficiencies, as well as achieve significant long-term cost-savings for the Corporation.
The material trialled on the RG TANNA Coal Terminal was Kinder & Co’s K-Superskirt, a revolutionary engineered polyurethane, against the existing and commonly used skirting material, SBR Rubber. Solution
After more than 8 months of monitoring and assessing the installation, the K-Superskirt was still performing beyond its expectations.
Even with this significantly prolonged usage, a measurement of the skirting showed only 1.5 mm of wear had incurred.
Once the decision was taken by Gladstone Ports Corporation to roll out the K-Superskirt Engineered Polyurethane to all of its conveyors, tests since that time have showed around 8 times greater service life.
Further studies revealed the significantly lowered friction and heat offered by the K-Superskirt versus SBR rubber, resulted in greatly reduced belt wear and tear. As the importance, integrity and service life of a conveyor belt is paramount to site productivity and running costs, the task to improve efficiencies in the opinion of the customer, has successfully been achieved.
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