Bricking Solutions reinforces safety
Published by Lucy Stewardson,
Bricking Solutions offers hydraulic and incline conveyors to increase maintenance efficiency and reduce physical strain for workers. Made from heavy-duty aluminium, the conveyors increase efficiency and safety, while minimising damage to kilns and refractory materials during routine refractory maintenance.
The company’s conveyors are made from the same 6061-T6 aircraft aluminium as its bricking machines and suspended platforms. This material gives the company’s products strength with significantly less weight. The sections weigh between 16 and 19 kg (35 – 42 lb), making transportation and installation easy for a small crew. This, coupled with a modular design, allows for quick setup in one to two hours, depending on the length of the conveyor and site conditions. Hydraulic conveyors are also equipped with easy-to-assemble 3 m (10 ft) belt sections that form a continuous surface up to 76.2 m (250 ft) long.
Using a 5 hp hydraulic drive, the hydraulic conveyor moves up to 907 kg (2000 lb) in either direction, at a rate of up to 45m/min. (150 ft/min.). This allows crews to remove material twice as fast as manual methods and a crew made up of two people can bring a full pallet of brick into the kiln in less than 10 min. With a roller conveyor, it would take a crew of five up to three hours to move the same number of bricks. Three width options – 30.5 cm (12 in.), 50.8 cm (20 in.), and 76.2 cm (30 in.) – and the flexibility provided by modular construction allow the company’s engineers to custom design conveyors to fit the requirements of a particular site. The conveyors can be set up on the ground, on spring boards, or elevated on adjustable legs for safe operation, regardless of terrain. As installation moves further into a kiln, hydraulic conveyors enable the safe and efficient transportation of bricks and refractory from the staging site to the bricking machine.
The incline conveyor relies on an electric motor to transfer brick and refractory from the kiln floor to the bricking machine with minimal effort. The unit pairs with any size of bricking machine and is good for difficult-to-access sites, where forklifts are unable to operate. Operating height is between 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in.) with a 20° incline, and 3.49 m (11 ft 5 in.) with a 40° incline. Wheels are attached to the base section for an easily adjusting slope. The 1 hp (746 kW) motor, requiring a 110/220 V (50/60 Hz) connection, is capable of moving 15 – 20 bricks/min.
The company’s conveyors come with standard safety features that protect crews and worksites. On the hydraulic conveyor, an emergency stop button haults the conveyor belt within 3 sec. An optional pull cord emergency stop can also be added along the full length of the conveyor for increased safety. The incline conveyor is equipped with an emergency shutoff switch at both ends. An open centre design minimises buildup under the belt and idler rollers reduce friction over connection joints, to extend belt life and decrease the risk of malfunctions and safety hazards. The use of a conveyor system also protects workers from unnecessary body strain and reduces damage to kiln and refractory materials during transportation.
“Refractory installation is time-consuming but unavoidable,” said Heather Harding, Managing Director of Bricking Solutions. “We strive to make routine installation safer, easier, and faster for our clients by designing equipment that ensures crews can work effectively no matter what they are up against.
“Safety is our top priority. We want to make sure that everyone goes home uninjured at the end of the day, and our conveyors are an example of that commitment. Whether that is back strain from carrying heavy refractory or protection from falling debris, we do our best to make sure workers are exposed to as little risk as possible.”
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/product-news/05062019/bricking-solutions-reinforces-safety/
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