K-Commander® Self Centring Idler

K-Commander Conveyor Belt Tracking
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Location: Victoria
Conveyed material: Basalt Quarry Products
Rate: 100 tonnes per hour
Installation date: Dec 2016

Previous problem:

Our customer specialises in quarrying high quality basalt products and is renowned as a leader in sourcing aggregates and other bulk materials to clients across Northwest Victoria.

Initial discussions with the quarry operator highlighted frustration and costly conveyor skirting replacement issues due to the regular belt tracking challenges experienced on site.  During wet weather conditions, too much water on the conveyed rocks caused the conveyor belt to misalign.

The resulting impact of the conveyor belt rearing off centre caused significant material spillage and damage to the existing conveyor belt and polyurethane skirting.  Production down-time and operational profitability was also compromised due to the additional monthly costs and maintenance time necessary to replace the damaged conveyor skirting.

CHALLENGE:

  • Belt Tracking Issues
  • Production down-time
  • Material Spillage
  • Increased maintenance time & replacement costs

Resolution:

Familiar with the reliability and innovation of Kinder Australia’s conveyor componentry product line up, the quarry maintenance team without question turned to Kinder Australia.  At the onset Kinder’s team of conveyor experts were responsive and addressed the sites main belt tracking issue, whilst simultaneously boosting productivity and wear life of existing conveyor skirting.

K-Commander® Self Centring Idler was elected and installed on site, with its unique engineered action of the central ball and socket link, enclosed in the rubber covered steel tube, ensured the belt will run true and centre.  The added cost advantages of lagging replacement and reconditioning feature was also a drawcard for selecting the K-Commander® Self Centring Idler.  The whole installation process was simple, efficient and cost-effective with minimal down-time during the implementation.

RESULTS:

  • Belt tracking runs true and centre
  • Improved productivity and profitability
  • Longer wear life of conveyor skirting
  • Reduction in clean-up costs and time production down-time

Quarry Maintenance Team confirmed “K-Commander® Self Centring Idler 100% fixed our ongoing belt tracking and maintenance problems immediately”.  Correct belt alignment delivered from the K-Commander® Self Centring Idler successfully ticks all the boxes in terms of product performance and optimal operational productivity.

Morale, frustration and additional costs associated with replacing expensive damaged conveyor skirting has been averted.  As well as the safety hazard risks of trips, spills and falls due to material spillage has also been eliminated.

So pleased at the effectiveness of K-Commander® Self Centring Idler our quarry customer has planned for the overhaul of Kinder’s belt tracking solution for further areas of the quarries operations.