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Kinder Australia’s belt support system is helping bulk handlers avoid dust emissions and spillage by eliminating belt sag.

Kinder Australia’s belt support system is helping bulk handlers avoid dust emissions and spillage by eliminating belt sag.

Rollers along don’t always provide the support a conveyor belt needs, especially at transfer points. 

If support is not provided adequately, belt sag can occur – along with material spillage and excessive dust.

This was the problem that a Geraldton Port grain handler was dealing with. 

The company’s core business revolved around export terminal shipping, predominantly grain and agricultural products.

Standard idler rollers had been installed on the site, but gaps present in the system had led to costly product wastage and the potential exposure to pest contaminations.

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As an agricultural port operator, hygiene, cleaning, and spillage were one of the highest priority pain points. Maintenance time and resources were being allocated to ensure the site’s hygiene was always kept at a high standard, but this brought with it significant costs.

The company reached out to Kinder Australia, which sent one of its field application engineers to conduct a thorough inspection of the customer’s spillagel challenges.

The solution Kinder provided was its K-Sure belt support system. 

Jacob Kerr, mechanical engineer at Kinder Australia, said the K-Sure system is designed to provide a consistent and stable support by reducing the number of rotating components. This helps to eliminate any belt edge sag and increase the effectiveness of any skirting seal, especially AirScrape, which works best with a consistent skirt gap.

“The K-Sure system is a simple solution for belt sag,” he told ABHR. “It doesn’t require pre-engineering, adjustments or special tools.”

“It’s made up of two parts: the bracket and the support rail. The bracket is very adaptable and can easily be retrofitted and customised to fit any application.

“It utilises the existing conveyor idler frames and centre rollers. The wing rollers are then replaced by the K-Sure belt support system’s universal adaptor brackets and low friction polymer belt support rails. We also have other rail options such as K-Glideshield which can be used for high-speed applications.”

To ensure a precise fit, Kinder Australia has engineered a specialised universal adaptor stud which allows for adjustment to suit three different size roller diameters, offset/inline frames, and manufacturing tolerance in trough frames.

Belt sag was eliminated after installing the K-Sure system at the Geraldton site. 

The K-Sure provided a flat profile that allowed the skirting to uniformly seal within the transfer point.

The maintenance team saw immediate results after the installation. The grain operation significantly reduced material spillage at the transfer point and the associated hygiene and dust emission problems were greatly minimised as a result. It also led to improved material flow and reduced downtime.

In addition to supporting the conveyor belt and containing dust, Kerr explains that the system can also help to reduce belt wear. 

“The addition of the K-Sure belt support helps to eliminate pinch-points in which material can get caught and create wear lines in the belt.”

“It’s a set and forget system that looks after itself. We’re always looking to improve on the design, and in the future, we plan to laser etch wear lines onto the slider rails so you can see when it needs to be replaced,” he said.

“It also comes with a QR code with install instructions, wrapped in recyclable packaging materials.”

When Kinder returned to inspect the K-Sure belt support system installed at the Geraldton site six years later for a follow up inspection, the team found minimal wear. The site has since implemented this and other belt support products, such as the K-Shield Impact Belt Support System, which is suited to harsher impact environments. This product achieves the same results as the K-Sure Support whilst withstanding greater lump sizes in the transfer. 

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