A K-Snap-Loc Dust Seal skirting from Kinder & Co was installed at a power station in Traralgon, Victoria to increase the wear life of the conveyor belts.
The K-Snap-Loc Dust Seal System is a practical and cost-effective solution for dust control in all conveyor belt systems.
Significant wear was experienced in all impact areas at the ageing plant with the average life expectancy of the standard skirt rubber being around two months. The increasing evidence of wear to the actual belt was of greater concern to general operations.
Following the installation of the K-Snap-Loc Dust Seal, the wear life has tripled compared to that of standard skirt rubber, while also arresting further signs of wear to the belt itself.
The installation is also saving the plant at least four hours of maintenance time as they do not have to go inside the conveyor to fit the K-Snap-Loc skirts.
The belts are inspected every week, in addition to a 3-day outage every three months for regular inspections. The skirt rubbers are very easy to inspect safely with the plant in service.
The plant has also installed the K-Snap-Loc Dust Seal skirting to one of their reversing shuttle conveyors. The changeover from the existing system to the K-Snap-Loc Seal took two full days while taking only about 30 minutes to actually snap the skirt in once the Unistrut was fully welded.
The plant expects to have all their belts fitted with the K-Snap-Loc Dust Seal System skirting by the end of 2014.