Year: 2018

Differences between Winged Self-Cleaning and Spiral Self-Cleaning Pulleys

Blog | December 13th, 2018

Like a computer printer, the pulleys and belts within a large-scale conveyor system accumulate grime. For small electronic devices, there’s a handy self-cleaning function. It removes dirt and keeps pages of cleanly rendered text churning free and easy. As for conveyor system self-cleaning mechanisms, they’re a little different. Starting with winged self-cleaning solutions, here’s a … Continue reading Differences between Winged Self-Cleaning and Spiral Self-Cleaning Pulleys

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Gravity Roller Conveyor Pulley Systems: Uses for Production Efficiency

Blog | December 6th, 2018

A fascinating knock-on effect takes place when gravity conveyor pulley systems first get moving. Perhaps it’s the laws of energy conservation that are responsible for the following piece of mechanical hocus-pocus, or perhaps it’s good old-fashioned equipment excellence that keeps the momentum going. Either way, production managers love the effect that you’re about to hear … Continue reading Gravity Roller Conveyor Pulley Systems: Uses for Production Efficiency

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Gravity Conveyor Systems: How They Contribute in Material Handling

Blog | November 23rd, 2018

Gravity conveyor systems don’t need powered motors or special power transmission assemblies. All they really need is a slope. The incline takes the payload from the top, all the way down a series of low-friction deck rollers, straight to their final destination. With little more than a light shove, they contribute a great deal of … Continue reading Gravity Conveyor Systems: How They Contribute in Material Handling

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Ball Transfer Bearings in Conveyor Pulleys

Blog | November 7th, 2018

Like the business end of a ballpoint pen, ball transfer bearings move smoothly in any direction. Elsewhere, rows of rubber-coated rollers conduct their load in one of two directions. For a long rubber belt, it’s much the same situation. The product goes forward, it goes backwards, or it’s shuttled off to the side by a … Continue reading Ball Transfer Bearings in Conveyor Pulleys

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Timing Belt Pulley Materials: Nylon versus Aluminium

Blog | October 23rd, 2018

What to select and where to use that preferred material, those are the issues braved by design engineers every single day. In conveyor system design, rigid metals and pliable elastomers provide obvious structural benefits. Used as timing belt pulley materials, however, a measured tempo is everything. Considering the flexible but unyielding properties of aluminium alloys, … Continue reading Timing Belt Pulley Materials: Nylon versus Aluminium

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Shaft Locking Assemblies for Pulleys: Functions and Purposes

Blog | October 9th, 2018

Different shaft locking solutions, each one designed to target alternative pulley shaft configurations, have been on the go for decades. There are keyed shaft couplers, which use a flattened section on cylindrical drive rods. These mechanisms have evolved somewhat. They now look like recessed slots, with accompanying “keys” locking their pulleys and drive components in … Continue reading Shaft Locking Assemblies for Pulleys: Functions and Purposes

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How to Diagnose and Resolve Pulley Belt Tension Problems

Blog | September 24th, 2018

A loss of belt tension can be incredibly frustrating. A conveyor system skews, its contents shift, and the entire system is transformed from its normal optimised runnings into a chaotic mess. Pulley tensioners attend to this duty. They adjust on-the-fly, keep the belt stretched and flat, and ensure the payload sits where it was first … Continue reading How to Diagnose and Resolve Pulley Belt Tension Problems

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Idlers for Belt Conveyors: The Importance of Durability Testing

Blog | September 10th, 2018

Before going any further, what are belt idlers? Granted, they support the belt, which, in turn, supports a moving load, but their capabilities don’t stop there, not just at supporting some random stream of moving merchandise. In addition to this key feature, belt idlers also shape the belt. They shape it, support it, and even … Continue reading Idlers for Belt Conveyors: The Importance of Durability Testing

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Purposes and Functions of Rubber Lagging in Conveyor Systems

Blog | August 27th, 2018

For a fully capable, fully efficient conveyor system, we’ve learned to coat its pulleys in durable rubber lagging. Sure, the extra layer of rubber does imbue the equipment with impact-resisting strength, but that’s not the material’s key benefit. No, the two supple material bases have natural traction. One in contact with the other, the material-gripping … Continue reading Purposes and Functions of Rubber Lagging in Conveyor Systems

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Stress and Finite Element Analysis in Conveyor Pulleys

Blog | August 14th, 2018

Conveyor belts may look like they’re doing all the work. In truth, though, it’s the pulleys that shoulder the load. They’re the workhorse system elements that support static items and dynamic loads. Ideally designed conveyor pulleys endure off-centre weights, transitory forces, and all manner of challenges. In order to incorporate such inherently serviceable design features, … Continue reading Stress and Finite Element Analysis in Conveyor Pulleys

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How Conveyor Pulley Design Affects Overall Pulley Performance

Blog | July 27th, 2018

Conveyor pulleys shape system performance. Otherwise stated, pulley performance has a direct effect on the entire equipment frame, which in turn impacts payload conveyance efficiency. It’s a tightly integrated parts assembly, this equipment, and that degree of on-board connectivity typically equals superior power-train functionality. However, if the pulleys aren’t pulling their weight, then losses will … Continue reading How Conveyor Pulley Design Affects Overall Pulley Performance

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Major Elements and Parts of Conveyor Pulleys

Blog | July 9th, 2018

Conveyor pulleys are the cylindrical drums that support and move conveyor belts. They’re mechanical devices, but there’s more to their inner workings than that crudely outlined description. For starters, that outer shell isn’t just a hollow drum. No, although they’re designed to satisfy standardized dimensional guidelines, not all pulleys are generic, nor are they rudimentary … Continue reading Major Elements and Parts of Conveyor Pulleys

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A Review about Different Pulley Components

Blog | June 22nd, 2018

Functioning as essential parts of a well-oiled machine, pulley components keep conveyor systems working at their best. The closely arrayed cylinders support the belt and serve as drive interfaces. Let’s take that drivetrain and prime mover out of the equation for a moment. Left with the flexible transportation ribbon and a set of pulleys, what … Continue reading A Review about Different Pulley Components

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A Closer Look at Gravity Conveyors

Blog | June 11th, 2018

Conveyor systems are available in a number of operational configurations. To illustrate that point, consider non-powered conveyor systems. There’s no electrical drive unit engaging some cleverly integrated geartrain, no coupled motors and gears in evidence whatsoever. Known as gravity conveyors, these mechanisms use inclined decks to send their loads skating along a frictionless surface. Having … Continue reading A Closer Look at Gravity Conveyors

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In-line Material Weight Effects on Conveyor Belt Accuracy

Blog | May 21st, 2018

If there’s one role that a conveyor system should be able to pull off, it’s the simple act of properly transferring its load. The linear belt drive maintains its flattened drive profile, transfers a line of products, and those commodities stay true, right in the middle of the conveyance ribbon. Nevertheless, even if the pulleys … Continue reading In-line Material Weight Effects on Conveyor Belt Accuracy

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Conveyor Shaft Materials: Differences between Carbon Steel, Alloy Steel, and Stainless Steel

Blog | May 10th, 2018

Conveyor shafts are tortured by heavy loading forces. Furthermore, the toughened steel shafts are expected to deal with harsh environmental conditions. Admittedly, the weather isn’t a problem in a packaging warehouse, but what about a mining installation or a quarry? No, there’s no middle ground here, no across-the-board alloy solution. On the contrary, our attention … Continue reading Conveyor Shaft Materials: Differences between Carbon Steel, Alloy Steel, and Stainless Steel

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