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The role of impact beds on coveyors

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One of the lesser known details of a materials handling system - the impact beds on a conveyor belt - play a vital role in keeping things moving. 

Placed strategically under the belt at loading points the beds adsorb impact forces from the transfer of lumps and material on the conveyor. 

In announcing its range of impact beds global conveyor supplier Flexco said it had aimed to expand on the protection already available to miners. 

In a statement Flexco managing director Chris Bayliss said the company's DRX range provided protection "through the entire structure, not just the bars". 

Flexco said its DRX range also controlled acceleration in order to deaden the impact force and reduce reaction force. 

It said the result meant more protection for conveyors

The DRX range also features what Flexco calls a "distinctive inverted-design" on the impact bar supports. 

The design allows the product's bars to expand and function as a first level of defence. 

Isolation mounts also provide a second level of force reduction, adsorbing impact energy whilst minimising transmission back to the belt. 

Flexco said the entire design gave three main benefits to the user. 

The first and most obvious was longer belt life. 

This was achieved through less belt wear and reduced belt damage. 

The second was lower rebounding and material degradation. 

The third was greater protection through two levels of impact adsorption. 

In making maintenance quick, easy, and safe, Flexco said the DRX range also included a slide-out service feature. 

With slide-out service the impact beds are separated in the middle, with the two sides allowed to slide apart and out. 

The company said the feature allowed workers direct access to all bars and bolts on the equipment. 

It said the beds also offered rapid changes between the run and servicing position. 

Flexco said some conventional beds required two-person crews to spend up to eight hours replacing the bars. 

But with its new features a two-person crew can change the bars in just one to two hours. 

Such improvements mean signifi­cant savings for the time of workers and money of businesses. 

"To assist in fast turnaround for replacement work, Flexco Australia hold a range of impact bars locally, ex-stock," the company added. 

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