Follow these simple guidelines to maximise the efficiency and improve the reliability of your bulk materials handling infrastructure – and let 2014 be MADE BETTER.
1. Know how to effectively maintain your conveyor
To avoid breakdowns and optimize performance, conveyors need to be “tuned” regularly. Since the conveyor belt itself is of considerable value, you should
perform scheduled maintenance tasks and replace faulty components on time before they fail and cause damage to the conveyor belt. There are no rewards for
high production rates if profits are then spent on belt replacement installation.
2. Know the most effective fixes to common problems
Knowing the fixes to common issues will often mean you can avoid more serious conveyor infrastructure and environmental problems in the future. Material
spillage, dust leakage, uncentralised loading, incorrect belt tracking and incorrect conveyor hardware installation are just some of the minor issues that
often require zero or minimal investment to correct poor performing systems.
3. Utilise modern technology and energy efficient power saving products
Conveyors are very energy efficient compared to the alternatives for moving product through a facility. Substantial energy and cost savings are possible.
Use latest technology high-efficiency components such as the K-Superskirt® Engineered Polyurethane range of skirting and seal systems, K-Superline® and
K-Redi-Liner® flow and anti-wear lining systems that are lightweight and yet durable alternatives designed with superior low friction properties that
minimise material spillage, as well as reduce replacement costs and associated maintenance labour costs.
4. Choose for performance
The cost of conveyor hardware such as rollers and idlers to the conveyor system is relatively insignificant when compared to the cost of replacing the belt
itself. Preserving belt life longevity should be paramount and therefore operators need to understand the consequences of using poorly constructed conveyor
rollers with inferior quality bearings and seals.
5. Safety is essential
It goes without saying that conveyors are one of the safest ways to transport materials through any facility, but they require training, process and
vigilance to stay that way.
Part of the issue, unlike with many other kinds of industrial machinery, is that workers don’t recognise the potential conveyor hazards. The conveyor moves
slow relative to other machinery, and doesn’t appear “threatening.” Train new employees on how to use the conveyor, its lanyard switches, emergency stops,
and how to behave around it. Nearly 42% of injuries around conveyors occur while performing maintenance, or other mechanical processes. Kinder & Co
offers a comprehensive range of Safety and Environmental components, including dust suppressant products such as K-Snap-Loc Dust Seal System, K-Protector
Return Idler Guard to ensure pinch point protection at access points, as well as essential Safety-T-Switches.
6. Make conveyor technology upgrades
Today’s conveyor systems offer a wide range of advantages. A feature of newer technology is “loading zone” functionality, system performance and meeting
the growing needs of today’s production targets. Simply sign-up to receive conveyor technology upgrades by joining Kinder & Co’s Bulk Materials
Handling eAlert and stay informed of industry trends and advancements.
For more information about the Kinder & Co can help you innovate your system and achieve your business objectives, contact us today on 9587 9244 or visit us at www.kinder.com.au