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The holiday season is a great time to be a warehouse or distribution center! But it’s also a stressful time when polybags go missing in your conveyor transfers, conveyor belts need to be repaired, and the maintenance crew could use about twice as many workers. Industry Manager Todd Stewart may not have the answers to your short-staffing issues, but his latest blog can help you decrease downtime with some belt conveyor solutions to save your packages and get your belt back up and running
Safer conveyor belt maintenance starts with choosing the right tools that have been engineered with safety as a top priority. Flexco Australia Product Manager Ellaina Mackay shares the top three tools that will make your belt repair process easier, faster, and safer in this new blog.
Read how scheduling belt cleaner blade replacements around an operational schedule can lead to wasted blade life and operational expenses, and how Flexco Elevate™ can help save money on replacement blades by monitoring when parts require maintenance.
The load zone is often one of the most overlooked areas for system efficiency, yet it sees every ton of material you are moving in your operation. In his latest blog, Flexco Product Manager Kevin Fales shares tips on how you can defeat spillage in your load zone.
Here is everything you need to know about polyurethane and ceramic lagging. Flexco Regional Manager Phil Dreghorn takes a deep dive into the pros and cons of both lagging materials to help you decide which will better boost productivity on your specific conveyor application.
Can your belt conveyor equipment hold up to the increased demand on your systems? Todd Stewart, Logistics Industry Manager at Flexco talks about how upgrading your belt maintenance and install tools can be a good first step toward optimizing your throughput in his latest blog.
In his latest blog, Todd Stewart addresses the popularity of pop-out rollers in the conveyor transfer and offers an alternative solution that can improve output and decrease downtime.
Knowing exactly when and where to deploy maintenance resources is a significant advancement in how operations are run. See how Flexco Elevate™ helped one customer reclaim more than $51,000 by minimizing manual belt cleaner inspections.
Losing product at the belt conveyor transfer point is no fun, however solving this issue can dramatically improve output and reduce downtime. Luckily there are a number of options that address this. In our latest blog, we will look into these options and discuss which are best suited for your operation.
See how Flexco Elevate™ helped one operation detect a repair early enough to prevent a $250,000 replacement.
Keeping your processing conveyors and belts sanitary isn’t always as easy as a simple routine clean when you aren’t using mechanical belt fasteners that make the job easier. In this blog we dive into the best ways to keep on top of a clean belt conveyor system and how it can save you time and money.
Read how carryback from disengaged cleaners could cost your operation more than $1 million per year in lost throughput, and how Flexco Elevate™ remote belt cleaner monitoring can help you reclaim it.
When we wanted to know which metal performed best in abrasive environments, we put them to the test. MegAlloy®, Steel, Stainless Steel, and even a few competitors went head-to-head in a third-party analysis. Who was the big winner? Training and Technical Specialist Russ Heintz has the results in his newest blog.
Cleaning your belt isn’t always as simple as buying a belt cleaner and installing it. In this blog, Flexco Product Manager Kevin Fales delves into the world of belt cleaning and offers the best solutions to combat carryback.
Like the delicious aromas that you stop noticing after working in a bakery for so long, there are problems on your belt conveyor that go unnoticed too. Carryback may seem like an unavoidable problem, but there are solutions that can reduce maintenance time, belt tracking issues, and sanitation challenges. Read more in Todd Stewart’s latest blog.
The challenges faced in pulp and paper are different than in any other industry, and with the rise in demand for pulp and paper, those challenges need to be addressed and fixed so you can handle the uptick in production. Industry Manager Franklin Moore discusses the four main issues facing mills these days, and how to address them in his latest blog.
One of the greatest threats and concerns facing a mining operation is a belt conveyor failure or unexpected downtime. Learn the difference between reactive, proactive, and predictive maintenance.
It’s important to take environmental conditions and the abrasiveness of the materials you are conveying into account when you choose your conveyor belt fastener. Training and Technical Specialist Russ Heintz discusses where metal selection fits into the selection process in his latest blog.
Food processing and industrial baking can be very messy businesses, especially if you don’t have the right equipment in place. Flexco Product Ramses Banda Marquez helps you decide whether your light-duty conveyor belt cleaners are getting the job done in your facilities in his latest blog.
The importance of fast and efficient belt punching is often overlooked as most people focus on the actual splice press for time savings and consistency. But quality punched fingers are critical to a quality endless splice, and Marketing Specialist Michelle Graves has tips for choosing the proper punch for belts that drive live rollers.
Many operations are embracing technology solutions into safety protocols because they can proactively contribute to best safety practices while also increasing operational efficiencies. Flexco Elevate™ is at the forefront of this shift, allowing operations to remotely gather critical data dispatching a crew.
Though data gathering tools are more accessible than ever, professionals are still struggling to effectively incorporate them into their workplace. Flexco Elevate™ will seamlessly fit into a mining operation’s digital transformation strategy to help operations overcome these data challenges.
Our field specialists and territory managers field questions about rip repair every day. After all, it’s not something you can prepare for – or can you? Flexco Senior Product Manager Aaron Rosso took our most popular questions and turned them into a list of “do’s” and “don’ts” for conveyor belt rip repair.
Before you even consider buying a splice press for your operation, check out our latest blog on what to look for when making your purchasing decision. Marketing Specialist Michelle Graves will walk through all the questions you should be asking yourself, and press manufacturers, to ensure you’re getting the real deal.
A rip or tear in the belt shouldn’t be the end of a workday or the beginning of a long wait for repairs. Quick and easy repairs can be done onsite by your crew in a matter of minutes with the right tools. Flexco Training and Technical Specialist Russ Heintz walks you through basic rip repair in his latest blog.
To safely and conveniently share the details of our game changing Flexco Elevate™ Belt Conveyor Intelligence™, Flexco is offering online webinars about the new platform. Our IOT marketing specialist, Adam Ingraham, offers three tips to help attendees maximize the value of these online presentations.
Flexco Elevate™ provides an easy-to-use, powerful digital tool that helps operations leverage belt conveyor maintenance opportunities to remain economically viable and embrace some of the permanent structural and operational changes COVID-19 has forced.
What if we told you could save almost $66,000 every time you shut down your line to splice your belt? Flexco Product Manager Michelle Graves explains how to get a belt-driven live roller splice done in 1/3 of the time to get your operation back up and running and save on downtime in her latest blog.
Flexco Elevate™ is reimagining the way customers can fundamentally enhance their operations with digital technology. Richard Catizone, a Digital Transformation consultant partnering with Flexco, discusses Flexco’s vision in the creation and introduction of Flexco Elevate.
IOT Marketing Specialist Adam Ingraham explains how operations can maximize the measureable benefits of Flexco Elevate™ by embracing a cultural shift along with a technological shift.
At Flexco, we’re continuing our history of innovation with the introduction of Flexco Elevate™. We designed this groundbreaking belt cleaner monitoring technology to simplify and optimize belt maintenance for our customers. Read on to learn more about this predictive, data-driven engine from Chip Winiarski, Vice President of Marketing at Flexco.
Did you know the main cause of splice failure doesn’t involve the strength or endurance of your fastener? In this blog, Flexco Industry Manager Todd Stewart discusses faulty fastener installation and shares best practices for proper repair of belts in the packing industry.
Ever wonder how you can cut down on scheduled shutdown periods in your cement plant? Heavy-Duty Specialist Sebastian Olguin discusses how the right equipment can help.
Choosing lagging that you trust to keep your system running can be a hard in an over-saturated market with endless options to consider. Flexco believes there are three must-win battles that should be researched ahead of the big decision. Flexco Product Manager Kevin Fales elaborates in our latest blog.
As the holiday season approaches, some industries are winding down operations, and for some, production is just getting warmed up. You may be surprised to know that both these times are optimal for a total belt conveyor assessment. Read our latest blog to find out why.
You installed belt cleaners to limit the amount of maintenance and downtime on your belt conveyor system. But what kind of maintenance do the belt cleaners require to make sure they are working in the most effective way possible? Product Manager Kevin Fales introduces us to the three principles of belt cleaner maintenance in his newest blog.
You don’t have to run out and buy a whole new set of belt clamps for that maintenance project. Increasing your load capacity can be as easy as combining your current bars and new end clamps – if you have the right equipment and a few best practices. Training and Technical Specialist Russ Heintz gives you all the tools you need to get the job done in his latest blog.
What do endless splices have to do with sanitation? Product Manager Michelle Graves dives into what could be hiding in your conveyor belting if you aren’t using the right equipment and monitoring your splices.
Flexco believes the heart of your operation is your conveyor system, and that yearly assessments are a necessity to keep things moving in the right direction. Flexco Industry Manager Franklin Moore fills us in on how easy it is to schedule a system evaluation and what to look for during a good assessment.
If you had the chance to increase productivity in your bakery with just a few simple changes, would you? Of course you would. Flexco Industry Manager Todd Stewart tackles the top three belt conveyor issues in industrial baking, including sanitation, cross-contamination, and carryback in his latest blog.
Testing has shown that, with the right fastener, mechanical splices can withstand
tensions of up to 2000 P.I.W and belt strengths up to 3500 kN/m. That is why choosing the right fastener is so integral to the life of your belt, worker safety, and conveyor line productivity. Our latest blog discusses the BIG THREE factors that should influence your fastener selection.
Every year we see thousands of recalls resulting from undeclared allergens, and cross-contamination is just one of the ways these allergens sneak their way into our baked goods. Flexco Product Manager Michelle Graves and Industry Manager Todd Stewart tag team the subject of cross-contamination and discuss how you can keep your belt splicing equipment from contributing to the issue.
With the summer travel season in full swing, are you doing everything you can to keep baggage moving? Assessing your transfer points for possible jams is one way to get bags to the correct destination on time and without damage. In this blog, Flexco Industry Manager Todd Stewart identifies the most troublesome areas in your system and the available solutions.
Finding the right fastener for a high-tension application can be tough. Straight warp belting is known for its rip resistance and long-life because of its unique construction, but choosing a fastener that won’t weaken the carcass is challenging. Our latest blog introduces you to the rivet-style fastener and tells you why it’s the perfect fastener for the job.
You’ve reviewed the technical data sheet and mastered the temperature, pressure, and dwell time settings for this type of belt. These settings have worked time and time again, producing a perfect endless splice. So why is this one taking so long? The voltage variance strikes again. Take a deep dive with Product Manager Michelle Graves as she explains how voltage affects your splice in our newest blog.
You don’t hear much about hinge pins when you’re installing splices. In fact, oftentimes hinge pins are an afterthought and common workshop materials (like weld bar and bailing wire) are instead used to bring your belt together. But shouldn’t you spend a bit more time selecting the very thing that completes a splice? Ramses Banda Marquez, Flexco’s Product Manager, says yes and explains why in his latest blog.
For most people, coming across a problem that can’t be fixed with an off-the-shelf solution is frustrating. But at Flexco, we love a good challenge. From product development, to engineering, to assembly, there’s nothing like a good puzzle to bring us together and produce a great solution to increase our customers’ productivity. Our latest blog covers two unique applications that required some out-of-the-box solutions.
Every minute of downtime can cost you. So when you’re installing a splice, you want it done quickly so you can get back up and running. But you also want it done right so you aren’t faced with downtime again. Training and Technical Specialist Russ Heintz gives us a sneak peek at the tips he gives customers all over the world regarding what to look for in a good splice.
In the parcel handling industry, the holidays are no time to be dealing with belt conveyor issues. Assessing your conveyor belt and accessories during slower times can ensure that they are running at peak performance when you need them most. In this blog, Flexco Industry Manager Todd Stewart highlights three things you should be looking for when checking out your conveyors.
Are you dealing with common problems such a belt wear, product loss, dust, spillage, mistracking or damaged equipment in or around your load zone? In his latest blog, Kevin Fales explains how protecting your load zone can increase your productivity. Kevin also describes how to choose the best protection for your specific application and provides the tools you need to get started quickly and easily. You’ll be well-equipped to solve those pesky load zone problems once and for all.
If you’re bringing your endless splicing in house, you should consider bringing your belt preparation in house as well. Flexco Product Manager Michelle Graves will walk you through the benefits of in-house belt punching – including significant cost-savings on belting and easy, portable tooling – in her latest blog.
Clamping the belt is a necessity every time you go to repair a belt. But what’s most important is that it’s done properly. You can’t guarantee that a C-clamp and a piece of wood can handle the load on your belt, so why take the risk? Learn why engineered belt clamps are the safer way to go in our latest blog.
Dealing with product carryback on your light-duty belt may seem inevitable – a cost of doing business. But every ounce of wasted product and every shut down for repair or replacement is an opportunity to improve your productivity. Flexco Product Manager Ramses Banda Marquez compares homemade cleaning solutions to engineered belt cleaners. Read to find out which solution will save you more time and money.
Join Flexco Product Manager Ramses Banda Marquez as he explores the use of carded and common bar hooks as light-duty belt splicing solutions. In this blog, Banda Marquez reviews why hook fasteners are used and which applications would be most appropriate for the carded and common bar hook styles.
While most people are kicking off the New Year with resolutions, Martin O’Neill, Senior Director of North American Sales and Global Strategic Accounts, is taking the time to reflect on 2018. In this blog, Martin has listed the top three Flexco solutions of 2018 and offers up insights into what they reveal for the year to come.
In Part II of our splice press recipe development series, Michelle Graves discusses the fundamentals of your recipe: temperature, pressure, and time. She also addresses other variables like preheating, press temperature variations, and the use of foil in presses. Finally, she’ll discuss the tools available to make recipe management easier for your operation.
Developing a new endless splice recipe can be a challenging process – especially when there’s insufficient technical information available. In Part One of our two-part splice press recipe development series, we review what info you need to get started and how your belt type affects your recipe and the resulting endless splice.
Efficient belt cleaning is key to optimizing the performance of your conveyor system. Clean conveyor belts last longer and help to reduce costs and downtime for repairs or maintenance for the entire system. Find out why conveyor belts need belt cleaners, what some important differences between belt cleaners are, and why you should replace your ineffective belt cleaner before it’s too late.
When you’re working on a time sensitive order or project, a tear in the belt could mean the difference between making the deadline and missing it. It doesn’t matter how it happened – jagged chunks of rock, a razor sharp idler roll, a piece of scrap iron – you just know your whole operation has grinded to a halt. Product expert Russ Heintz had been there and knows just what you need to get back up and running in as little time as possible.
The world was a different place 10 years ago! Tom Wujek, Flexco Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer, has witnessed industries transform, seen new technology evolve into critical business elements, and watched customers’ needs and priorities move in new directions. He takes a closer look at Flexco from 10 years ago to now and hints at what is to come for the future.
Grain operations have a lot to think about when maintaining their belt conveyors. Limiting downtime and reducing the risk of explosion are two main factors to consider when choosing a method. Flexco Senior Product Manager Aaron Rosso discusses the best methods and materials for grain operations in his latest blog.
Once impact beds or idlers are installed at the load point, it’s easy to overlook the rest of the transfer area. But the areas surrounding it also need support, not only for the material but also to provide a sturdy area so that skirting can keep the load on the belt and control dust as the product settles. Read on to find out why it’s important to support the transfer area of your conveyor line.
Package damage and belt damage doesn’t have to be a “cost of doing business” for package handling operations. At least, not when it comes to your hitch transfers. There is a way to keep customers and your maintenance team happy. Flexco Product Expert Todd Stewart gives you the rundown on all the possible solutions, including homemade, OEM, and engineered solutions.
There is a lot to consider when choosing the best urethane blade for your belt cleaner, including the formulation of the polyurethane, the cleaning efficiency of the blade, and the life expectancy you will receive from your investment. Kevin Fales, Product Manager of Belt Conveyor Products at Flexco delves into these topics and shares independent lab test results that reveal the performance of common urethane blades on the market.
Have you ever wondered why tungsten carbide blades are used on belt cleaners? Because belt cleaners equipped with tungsten carbide blades provide superior cleaning efficiency and are a popular choice for sites wanting to reduce maintenance costs, and get improved blade life. We take a closer look at the differences between carbides and list the reasons and applications where a tungsten carbide blade is the best choice.
How much time are you losing, waiting for your belt to be repaired? How many customer deadlines are you missing because you’re at a standstill? How much revenue is left sitting on your belt during unexpected periods of downtime? All tough questions. What can you do to decrease downtime? Easy. Bring your endless belt splicing in house.
When your system is down, and you need to bring someone in to repair your conveyor belt, you lose time and money. Bringing your endless splicing in-house would give you and your maintenance team more control over when those splices can be completed, and could avoid long delays during emergency belt repairs.
Do you want to solve mistracking, spillage, or premature wear issues at your load point? A few simple changes to a system can increase efficiency and productivity and decrease the amount of time spent crunching numbers to cut costs, so it’s also important to evaluate the load point and the area after the load point. Here are some tips that are sure to help.
Maximum splice performance and longevity depends on a number of factors. Michelle Graves, Flexco Product Expert, discusses what factors should be considered when making the choice between installing Finger and Finger-Over-Finger splices on your light-duty belt.
As a manufacturer, your goal is to make the most of every minute, reduce downtime and maximise productivity. Sanitation is a critical and regular part of food and beverage manufacturing. By investing in the right tools for your belt splicing, you can take control of the sanitation process in your facility.
The world is going digital – and so is Flexco. We’ve taken our manual system of conducting belt conveyor assessments and turned it into an app. When one small conveyor issue can be the difference between millions of dollars in lost downtime, time is of the essence and this app is making a belt conveyor assessment quicker, easier, and smarter than ever before.
When you’re on the job, day in and day out, common belt conveyor problems can go unnoticed because you aren’t actively looking for them. But a quick visual inspection can mean the difference between a productive day and a costly day for your aggregate operation. Ryan Grevenstuk, Director of Marketing – Heavy Duty takes a look at some common conveyor challenges and how to fix them.
Are you dealing with a conveyor belt that refuses to stay on track? A mistracking belt can lead to material spillage, damage to the structure, and not to mention the damage to the conveyor belt. So what is the most effective solution to belt mistracking? We break it down.
When it comes time for conveyor belt repair, the most important part of the process is often the most overlooked. Along with squaring the belt before cutting, skiving the belt is an area that is often missing in the repair process. Aaron Rosso, Senior Product Manager at Flexco, discusses why you should and shouldn’t be skiving your belt.
Without the correct tensioning, belt cleaner performance is seriously compromised, which directly affects the efficiency of the conveyor system. Kevin Fales, Product Manager of Belt Conveyor Products at Flexco, discusses how incorrect tensioning can affect the productivity of your system, and how to get it right for maximum cleaning efficiency.
There are a number of different materials being conveyed around a cement plant, ranging from dust to large, sharp rocks, and each have different abrasiveness and moisture contents. If you can succeed in getting all these materials moved around without spilling off the belt, maintenance efforts and dollars can be focused elsewhere.
It’s tempting to cut a few corners and skip steps along the way when splicing your belt. One step you should never skip is properly squaring the belt. Squaring your belt ends is a job that requires only a few minutes of your time, but offers real paybacks in extending your belt splice life.
Conveyor belts never fail when you have plenty of time to fix them; they always fail when you are up against a deadline or pushing to get that order out. So when everything is counting on getting your belt conveyor up and running again, what kind of splice press will help you get the job done? Air-cooled or water-cooled?
Maintaining a clean belt is one of the most important factors in the overall efficiency, profitability and safety of a conveyor operation. In spite of all of this, the use of a proper belt cleaning system is still widely overlooked throughout the industry.
Most belt conveyor operators know that when it comes to the critical issue of belt splicing, there are two primary options to consider – vulcanized splicing through heat or chemicals and mechanical fastening with metal hinges or plates. What they may not know are all of the factors that influence the decision and ultimately determine the success of the splice.
Even the slightest movement or change in your conveyor operation can produce some of the largest consequences if a belt becomes mistracked. And, if the belts are not adjusted quickly and correctly, it can cause subsequent, difficult-to-fix damage to the conveyor.
Just as one large pothole can compromise your car’s tire, one large rock can damage the load support, and consequently the belt, if material weight exceeds the design capacity. Truth is that belts and load supports see EVERY ounce of EVERY ton of product so protecting the belt in the load zone, even under unusual conditions, is critical to an efficient and working line.
As we move further into 2018, it is important to take a moment and reflect on the plans and objectives that were set for the year ahead. Conducting an independent assessment of your belt conveyor system is one such action item that should be taken soon to stay on course for a successful 2018.