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Conveyor Safety: Pinch Point Guarding Solutions

The Challenge

In the metals recycling industry, long and often wide conveyors are used to transfer material downstream from shredders to separation equipment. These conveyors can in fact be as long as 100’. An established west coast metals yard needed belly pans fabricated and installed on several older c-channel style troughing conveyors in their processing line. The belly pans needed to prevent material spilling underneath the belt and also guard pinch points.

Requirements

The company needed a light-weight and durable belly pan custom designed and fabricated to be retrofitted by maintenance staff. Traditional steel belly pans were not a viable solution due to the size and weight. There would be a risk of the conveyors being structurally overloaded if steel pans were used. For some of the larger width conveyors, steel pans would also be prone to sagging over the large span. There were few drawings available for these older conveyors and a weld on bracket would be required that could cope with small variations in width and construction. The downtime for maintenance staff to clean the belly pans needed to be minimal.

The Solution

As a company who has specialized experience in metals recycling, Converge Engineering was able to design and build an innovative solution that fit the customer’s needs. Converge Engineering has designed and fabricated numerous conveyors for this application and has a deep understanding of operating and maintaining conveyors long term. Converge Engineering designed and fabricated specialized aluminum hinged belly pans for the conveyors. The light weight hinged design allowed the maintenance personnel to clear out the pan with little physical effort. Each pan nested into the next one ensuring there are no edges for debris to build up upon. The site is close to the ocean and the aluminum pans would be a natural fit in the salt air environment and endure well without paint/coatings.

The Benefit

  • The design is light, ergonomic, and easily manipulated by one person.
  • Pinch points and exposed areas guarded.
  • The downtime to install was minimal due to pre-notched holes, weld on brackets, and modular design
  • The cost was comparable to traditional steel pans due to efficient materials usage
  • Housekeeping time spent on spillage is now reduced and yard appearance is improved