Thursday 18th Aug, 2022

Skirting solution eliminates barriers to ‘confined spaces’

Photo: Kinder

The advantages of flexibility in changing out skirting seals from the outside in a matter of minutes, reduces production downtime and improves safety outcomes, writes Paula Wallace.

On-site safety signs are designed to alert maintenance workers to potential hazards before entering and performing maintenance work in dangerous and unsafe materials handling environments such as inside chutes, silos and hoppers. Often the necessary maintenance work may require permits and adherence to safety precautions before entering these confined areas.

Kinder Australia’s latest innovation in skirting maintenance, the K-Conlock Clamp System removes all the maintenance issues and safety risks associated with working in confined spaces.

The supplier and manufacturer of conveyor and bulk materials handling equipment tells ABHR that the K-Conlock is a reliable clamp system that is free of complications and doesn’t rely on the need for special tools to maintain correct seal pressure.

Sean Kinder says, “Belt skirting is used particularly at the transfer site, to contain dust, spillage and to keep the product on the conveyor belt.

“The K-Conlock offers the ability to adjust the internal hard skirt (containment seal) from the outside of the chute, with access holes at the hold on bolts. Without removing skirting clamps.”

Skirting seals such as Kinder’s K-Containment Seal can easily be clamped between the chute wall and K-Conlock’s locking plate. Adjustments to the assembly can be quickly and easily made from the outside, without being completely disassembled.

This effectively saves operational maintenance time and resources. Various types of soft skirting can be interchanged and retained using this clamp system, further helping to reduce maintenance costs.

The K-Conlock is just one of several innovations that Kinder plans to bring to market. “The market that we operate in is very strong,” said Mr Kinder, confirming that the company will keep its focus on the mining, quarry, grain handling, recycling and woodchip sectors.