A Nebraskan based beef plant constantly experienced problems relating to Belt-Drive Live Roller (BDLR) radius curve conveyors for several years.
Multiple operational and maintenance issues arise from radius conveyors include:
- Recurring case jams that require jam clearance
- Case damage as a result of jams causing the plant to discard/ rework cases
- General wear and tear on conveyors, needing frequent part replacements and maintenance labour
However, engineering and maintenance departments at the plant decided to replace eight of the faulty radius curves with Intralox's Activated Roller Belt (ARB) -equipped conveyors
The retrofit meant that case jams on conveyors were eradicated and the ARB- equipped receiving conveyor regularyly pulls cases from the discharging end of the feeding conveyor accelorating them and justifying them against a side rail. Also establishing consistant case orientation folowing the curve to eliminate potential causes of downstream jams.
A reduction in the number of maintenance labour and parts replaced and required was also evident, a significant difference in needing mechanical part replacements between the ARB- equipped conveyors and BDLR radius conveyors was noticable.
The plant has now re-deployed two maintenance staff in the shipping area because of the significant elimination of radius curve problems.