Seeking to improve its bulk materials handling processes, Gladstone Ports Corporation identified the conveyor system as one of the areas that needed to be made safer and more reliable, enhancing its overall performance and uptime.
In September 2008, Gladstone Ports Corporation and the engineering team at Kinder & Co collaborated to trial a new material on the RG TANNA Coal Terminal that aimed to dramatically improve the transfer point efficiencies, as well as achieve significant long-term cost-savings for the customer.
Kinder & Co’s K-Superskirt, a revolutionary engineered polyurethane skirting material was installed instead of the existing and commonly used skirting material, SBR rubber.
After more than eight months of monitoring and assessing the installation, the K-Superskirt continued to perform beyond its expectations with the measurement showing only 1.5mm of wear on the skirting in spite of significantly prolonged usage.
Gladstone Ports Corporation decided to roll out the K-Superskirt engineered polyurethane to all of its conveyor belts, with tests showing around eight times greater service life.
The significantly lowered friction and heat from the K-Superskirt when compared against SBR rubber resulted in greatly reduced belt wear and tear. As the importance, integrity and service life of a conveyor belt is paramount to site productivity and running costs, the customer’s objective to improve efficiencies has successfully been achieved.