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01 Feb 11

Dorner Application Story - Harsh Industrial Environments


Sometimes challenging problems require new solutions. Whirlpool Corporation’s Marion (Ohio) Division was using a traditional belt conveyor in several applications. But in one situation, the conveyor wasn’t performing as well as it could. The conveyor was used under a die stamping press producing dryer bulkheads. The conveyor removed scrap, ranging from .080 slugs to pieces 7” long. Sometimes sharp scrap would get underneath the conveyor belt, cutting the belt and leading to premature tearing or breakage. Die lube would saturate the belts via the cuts, causing belt slippage, too. Belts had to be replaced frequently, up to twice a month, resulting in costly downtime and additional maintenance costs. Whirlpool turned to Dorner to solve the belt problem.

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06 Nov 09

Precision Conveyor Belting – Proper Fit is Critical

Accurate width, length and tension dictate system performance and maintenance


Precision conveyor – it’s a descriptor that fits. After all, replacing a belt on one of these systems is not as easy as it sounds. Unlike with case-handling conveyors, there is little room for error when it comes to precision conveyor belting – it’s literally a game of millimeters. As a result, it is vitally important for end users to select quality belts that fit correctly to ensure their conveyor continues to deliver optimum performance and maximum return-on-investment.

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06 Nov 09

Conveyor Belting – A Proper Splice Can Make All the Difference

Understanding available options and potential issues will help end users select dependable solution 

Everyone is familiar with the old adage about a chain and its weakest link. Well, when it comes to conveyor belting, that weakest link is typically the splice. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 80 percent of all conveyor belt failures are due to improper splicing. So, why do many suppliers today not pay closer attention to this critical component of overall belt performance and longevity? That’s a good question.

This paper will provide a brief overview of the three most common types of belt splices as well as an inside look at the most prevalent splice failures to help end users select the best option for their specific application. As is often the case, taking a little time up front to learn more about available options and potential pitfalls will lead to a purchase more likely to pay dividends over the lifetime of a belt.

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28 Oct 09

Belt Tensioning Methods for Small Package Conveyors

An Introduction:

Small package belt conveyors are used for thousands of applications in countless industrial markets. These conveyors move individual products through processing applications where functions such as forming, molding, machining, gluing and assembly are performed on metal or plastic product. These products then move to packaging applications where they are inserted into their individual package and sealed, wrapped, heat shrunk, or banded before being grouped and loaded into their shipping container. The use of small package belt conveyors for all of the applications presented above has several benefits. 

Typically, these conveyors have end rollers between 1” and 2” in diameter. This allows smooth transfer from process to process for small and often oddly-shaped products. In addition, small package belt conveyors generally have a thin profile and have a tight belt width to overall width ratio. This provides the ability for the conveyor to fit into tight spaces, which maximizes available floor space while minimizing protrusions that may interfere with operators.

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