At QBM, we have developed a Conveyor Belt Training Process through a use of modern laser equipment, conventional measuring devices and years of training and experience. Where we are confident that any conveyor belt can be trained within the confines of the conveyor system. Our specialized training process is most often utilized after plant personnel, belt manufacturers and conveyor manufacturers have all failed to achieve a proper running conveyor belt on your system. With some of the older systems in service, they have had numerous maintenance people adjusting and replacing idlers and pulleys without any consideration for re-alignment. After a few generations of this, a conveyor can be so misaligned, that it requires a very specialized touch to retrain the system and allow the belt to run properly. QBM has developed this process. Our training process is recognized by the major Conveyor Belt Manufacturers in North America as well as some competitors that have been on the brink of completely removing their belting from the system and re-installing another belt hoping to correct the problem. A few of our areas of success with this specialized conveyor belt training was systemized training and are:
Case Study #1 - Monteray Coal Co. in Central Illinois.
Their main silo feed conveyor was 1,100 feet between pulleys, 42" wide 4 ply 800. The belt life due to mistracking and contacting structure was 6-8 months. They contacted numerous service companies as well as belt manufacturers to try and correct the belt training and extend the belt
life. After exhausting all other options, QBM was contacted in the spring of 1999. We were able to align and correct 90% of the problems in only 2 days. These corrections were so successful that the remaining minimal corrections have never been completed and the belt is in its' 5th year of operation without any damage from mistracking.
Case Study #2 - Cement Plant, Ontario
A 48" wide, 380' feeder belt feeding their #1 Kiln was supplied and installed by a competing company. When the belt was started after a short shutdown period, the belt would not run within the confines of the system. There were numerous attempts over 3-4 days to try and correct the training problem with no success. QBM was called in as a last resort by our competitor. Within 7 hours, the system was trued up and the belt was running perfectly in the center of the system.
Case Study #3 - Ship Loading Facility in Prescott, Ontario
Customer installed and mechanically fastened a new conveyor belt onto a horizontal conveyor with a tripper car. On initial start-up, the belt would not track and it was actually running to the bottom of the idler junction on one side and hanging off of the conveyor system on the other side. Again, we were called in by the company that installed and mechanically fastened the belt as a last resort before the customer decided to remove the belt completely. We were able to make the necessary checks and adjustments and in 12 ½ hours, had the belt running true to center, both loaded and empty.
Case Study #4: Wabush Mines - Sept-Iles, Quebec
We were contacted to complete our systemized training to a main steel cord conveyor at Wabush Mines, Sept-Iles, Quebec. There are numerous Splice Service Companies in the immediate area that attempted to train these belts with no success. QBM was called in from our Montreal location. We mapped out and measured a system with 2000' of 48" steel cord belt with 2 trippers and an elaborate take-up. Within 8 hours, we were able to identify all misaligned components on the system. This customer chose to make the corrections themselves. After QBM recommended changes, the conveyor ran so well that they have had us back on two additional occasions to complete other Long Overland Conveyors.
Case Study #5 - Two directional Stacker Conveyor handling Aggregates in a Cement Plant
QBM was called in to systemize train a Reversing Conveyor that would stack out both off the Head Pulley and the Tail Pulley. This system had 550' of conveyor belt, 48" wide. All previous attempts at tracking the belt had been done successfully on a single direction, but when the belt was reversed, the training correction would take a negative effect and run the belt hard into the steel. When QBM was called in, the Maintenance Foreman, who had been in charge of the Conveyor for over 30 years, told us the belt had never run properly and was untrainable. Through our measuring and alignment check process, we were able to fix the belt to 1 ½" of wander in both directions keeping the belt well off of any steel or structural contact. This customer was amazed at the affect our training process had on his system and has since recommended us on numerous occasions for the same process. If your factory or job site has a similar problem as described above or worse, and you would like to correct it once and for all, contact us for a scheduled appointment. Keep in mind, distance is no deterrent when you can end a problem once and for all. We have traveled the world with our expertise.