Belts, Bulk Equipment

ContiTech offers one solution to solve several problems

ContiTech offers a non-stick solution that helps prevent material from sticking to belts and solves several problems at once. What benefits does it provide? 

ContiTech offers a non-stick solution that helps prevent material from sticking to belts and solves several problems at once. What benefits does it provide? 

Whenever material is transported on conveyors, there is room for improvement. This is especially important given the strong growth in demand for cement and concrete.

Chris Marchant, global product manager at ContiTech said ContiClean provides solutions that enable superior material release characteristics for everything from cement to limestone.

“These ready-to-use conveyor belts not only help customers reduce the costs associated with cleaning belts and systems, they can also prevent belt damage and improve safety outcomes,” he said.

ContiClean is especially useful for companies that transport very fine material. Marchant said the finer the material, the greater the difficulty with release when transferring it from one conveyor system to the next. 

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“Since the base material after mining, crushing and additives is a fine powder, ContiClean provides a useful solution especially for customers operating in the cement sector. If the system happens to be completely exposed and it rains, it is even more difficult to remove the damp or wet powder,” he said.

“ContiClean supports the production of cement and other materials in being more sustainable through a reduction of dust-borne air emissions, pollution and waste.

“In addition to increased efficiency, the positive impact on the environment is of course a feature that helps companies operating in the cement industry reach their sustainability goals. Especially as the awareness for this topic is increasing.”  

Standard belt covers and scraper systems may not provide sufficient material release, which can then lead to adverse effects for production. 

Some of these include material buildup on pulleys, idlers, and belt covers. Any one of these issues can lead to increased cover abrasion, belt alignment problems, belt or system damage and significant increases in the cost for cleanup. All of these contribute to safety and environmental hazards.

ContiClean increases material transfer, reduces material buildup on pulleys and idlers, increases belt cover and scraper life, reduces maintenance and safety issues, and leads to less downtime for maintenance issues.

Marchant said all regions with ContiClean are reporting favourable customer feedback. 

“A system installed at a cement plant located in the USA, for example, reduced their carryback issue by 95 percent. Another reported reducing their material buildup on the walkway below by 75 percent. The operator at this plant is incredibly happy with the results. Prior to the introduction of ContiClean, this was a major issue for this site,” he said. 

Another customer in Chile that conveys material with sulfuric acid reported a serious problem with material accumulating throughout the system structure. 

“The customer’s previous experience with a competitor solution was unsuccessful,” Marchant said. 

“ContiClean’s non-stick release characteristic is present throughout the carry side cover thickness. For this customer, we helped them not only to overcome their material accumulation issue but also to double their conveyor belt service life.” 

The benefits of ContiClean for customers are also in line with Continental’s most important strategic goals. By 2050 at the latest, the technology company and its supplier partners strive for carbon neutrality along the entire value chain.  

“Alongside emission-free mobility and industry, circular economy, and responsible value chain, carbon neutrality is one of four major pillars we are building on today and will continue to build on in the future,” Marchant said. 

“With these efforts, we are following our sustainability ambition – providing the framework to turn change into opportunities.” 

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