Kinder designs a case for a high performance plant, an equipment in bulk handling operations

As mining companies continue to seek cost savings in their operations amid low metal prices and uncertainty over the outbreak of COVID-19, bulk material handling equipment supplier Kinder Australia, warns them to focus on engineering and high quality sourcing. performance components that have been optimized for the application at hand.

Today’s global economy means that when sourcing bulk material handling equipment, operators are spoiled for choice with the wide selection of conveyor component suppliers and access to highly sophisticated and innovative solutions to advance their end-to-end material handling processes, explains Kinder Australia.

“For most operators, price alone is often the motivating factor for buying,” he said. “However, beware of the buyer, lower priced products are more often ‘copies’ and ‘counterfeits’ offering standards and functionality benefits comparable to the original product.

“The reality of inferior, low-cost imitators is the incalculable and irreversible damage these products can cause to the conveyor structure, the conveyor belts themselves, and unscheduled maintenance and productivity downtime to replace. these inferior products… to be discovered shortly after the obstacle of installation. . “

When considering reducing costs at the enterprise level, many factory and equipment suppliers also face the dilemmas of large enterprise purchasing department managers who ignore the engineering differences between products. genuine and counterfeit products, and often make purchasing decisions based solely on price. , often at the expense of quality, says Kinder Australia.

Trusted quality

In the case of lower cost polyurethane baseboards and anti-wear coating products, on the surface they look and feel the same as real engineered polyurethane baseboards.

“However, do a quick internet search and you will quickly realize the countless suppliers who use substandard / cheaper manufacturing practices to design, manufacture and market substandard polyurethane products and conveyor components and pass for high quality technical equivalents, ”says the company.

Using non-genuine conveyor components can lead to frequent production downtime, damage from wear and tear on belts, other nasty material spills and safety hazards, according to the company.

Neil Kinder, CEO of Kinder Australia, said: “The hallmark of quality in our industry is ISO 9001 certification. These international standards provide assurance and commitment to our diverse customer base that Kinder provides material handling products and solutions. Highly customer focused bulk materials that are safe, reliable and of high quality.

He added: “Kinder Australia is partnering with an independent laboratory to facilitate and perform ASTM D 4060 quality testing and certification of competitive conveyor components at lower cost.”

The “Taber Test” carried out by the independent testing laboratory Excel Plas showed that Kinder Australia’s K-Superskirt® Engineered polyurethane abrasion less than competitor’s polyurethane and was therefore four times more durable than competitor’s tested polyurethane , according to the company.

This polyurethane has been successfully and efficiently installed in a multitude of applications, including the harshest mining environments, providing significant cost and labor savings to operators around the world, Kinder Australia said.

Planning and technical design of conveyors

The engineering design of conveyors focuses on providing solutions to customer problems around three key areas: productivity, safety and cost reduction, says Kinder Australia.

Material handling operators are constantly challenged by increasing production yields and cost reduction targets. Ensuring that the recommended solution is fit for purpose and practical from a cost, installation and maintenance perspective are also key technical considerations.

Cameron Portelli, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Kinder Australia, says: “The problem of low belt life is often encountered during on-site assessment; this is one of the main conveyor problems encountered by our mechanical and field application engineers.

Conveyor belt support systems are designed to protect this expensive and important asset, according to the company.

At critical conveyor transfer points, absorbing the full force of the impact rather than resisting means that the belt support system of the impact load area below the belt takes the blow rather than the belt conveyor itself. This effectively improves and extends the life of all conveyor components such as belt, rollers and structure life and enables quieter transfer in serious applications.

Kinder’s K-Dynamic Impact Idler / Cradle systems (pictured) target conveyor transfers because “the load is accelerated due to dropping and changes in direction from one system to another, preventing a flow in steady state and requires additional thinking to support the belt in order to improve the life of the belt and transfer components, ”explains Portelli.

“It would be wise to start from the current problem and work backwards to isolate the root cause. This may involve improvements to the chute design before considering the transfer chute sealing options. “

Another regular occurrence encountered at the site are the grooves on the top cover created by the product passing under the hard and soft skirts, especially at the point of transfer.

This problem can often be solved by installing a combination of conveyor baseboards and a conveyor belt sealing and support system, which can also effectively remove dust and material spills and create environments productive, clean and safe workplaces, said Kinder Australia.

This is where SOLIDWORKS® Simulation Finite Element Analysis, a base software license upgrade, can accurately predict and design solutions that mimic real-world applications and scenarios.

“With this powerful information, industry-leading mechanical engineers have the tools to analyze results, expertly plan and optimize future designs, aimed at maximizing productivity improvements and efficiency gains,” said the society.

When planning, designing, and recommending solutions, safety is integral to operational productivity and efficiency, with engineers being ethically and legally responsible for the solutions they recommend and implement.

“In some cases, if all reasonable risks are not taken into account, the risk of legal action against the company and the individual could have massive financial ramifications, as well as continued damage to the brand and position in industry, ”Kinder Australia said.

Portelli claims that all new and innovative designs from Kinder Australia are rigorously assessed for risk to hazards at critical stages of installation, operation and maintenance.

“Through the effective use of SOLIDWORKS, Simulation’s finite element analysis tools can potentially reduce ongoing risk by analyzing specific areas where a design can be better improved,” he said.

Portelli said, “This software can also help customers get the big picture, as well as consider future installation and maintenance issues.

“Although SOLIDWORKS does not produce all scenarios, it can be a useful tool for starting a conversation with customers. This mainly focuses on how the solution will perform after installation and how easy it is to maintain.

In recent years, material handling conveyor component supplier Kinder Australia has made significant investments in engineering design by expanding its mechanical engineering team to three employees. The engineering team’s capabilities extend to a high proficiency in Helix Conveyor Design and AutoCAD, he said.

These tools can help make decisions about drive power requirements; belt tensions and a properly specified belt; specifications for idle rollers of appropriate dimensions; winding dimensions and gravity take the weight requirements; specifications for a suitable gearbox; and the design of pulleys to meet AS1403 standards (shafts) and limit stresses in the ferrules.

Neil Kinder concluded, “For the past 30 years, the driving force behind the business has been the resolution and advancement of our customers’ end-to-end material handling processes, leveraging our engineering expertise and staying on top of things. current in innovative and emerging technologies in the industry.

“By developing a connection with our diverse customer base who have different application needs and expectations through site visits, our highly technical mechanical engineering and field applications team improves their ability to solve problems. our customers’ problems and evaluate the solution.

Leon E. Hill

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