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Fabric or Modular Chain? Find Out How to Choose the Right Belt for Your Conveying System

By BRAAS on Tuesday May 18, 2021 at 09:05PM in Conveyance

Inline Transfer

When researching a conveyor system for a particular application, one very important consideration is belt selection.


With such a vast selection, finding the right belt for your conveying system is key to meeting your business needs and industry requirements.




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Three methods of transferring products between conveyors

By BRAAS on Wednesday Feb 17, 2021 at 02:46PM in Conveyance

Inline Transfer

At some point in an engineer’s design work it is likely that they will encounter the need to transfer products from one conveyor to another. Outlined below are the three most common methods for making the transfer: 90-degree transfer, side transfer and inline transfer. Always be cautious when designing conveyor transfer solutions to minimize pinch points between the conveyors.



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Faster conveyor layout drawings

By BRAAS on Thursday Oct 22, 2020 at 09:36PM in Conveyance

Twenty years ago, an idea could be tossed around for days or even weeks before serious design ideas were ‘put to paper.’


Not so much, anymore. Compressed timelines for many of today’s engineering solutions can be a challenge, especially when it requires depending on others. With a shortened engineering cycle, the tools we use must continually evolve and improve—just to keep up. In this environment where proposals and final designs are produced, it’s imperative to employ the means that gives access to the most up-to-date and trustworthy information  …faster.



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Move products vertically in sanitary environments

By BRAAS on Monday Aug 17, 2020 at 04:23PM in Conveyance


Dorner AquaPruf

The AquaPruf Vertical Belt Conveyor from Dorner Mfg. is engineered to move bulk products in straight-up 90° sanitary applications. Featuring Vertical Belt Technology (VBT), the AquaPruf comes with a proprietary staggered sidewall belt that provides more pocket capacity than a traditional bucket elevator. 


The conveyor comes with an open frame design for quick cleaning and more effective product changeover. The AquaPruf Vertical Belt Conveyor is perfect for elevating bulk products including vegetables, fruits/grains/nuts, popcorn, pet food, and pharmaceuticals. The conveyor also handles small packages in applications such as elevation for walk-thru, hopper feeding, weigh scale feeding, general bulk handling and sanitary environment



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Safer conveyors are within reach

By BRAAS on Friday Jun 26, 2020 at 11:08AM in Conveyance

Finger Injury

Over the last century, the dangers of working in industry and manufacturing were demonstrated by the countless numbers of severe injuries and fatalities that commonly occurred on the production floor.


Fortunately, with the establishment in 1971 of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and through better standards and efforts of employers, today's work force experiences greatly reduced risks associated with accidents in the workplace.




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The right conveyor for the job

By BRAAS on Tuesday Mar 03, 2020 at 11:32AM in Conveyance


Conveyors

At BRAAS Company, we have been promoting automation for nearly 60 years.  As the discipline has evolved so has the need for specialization.  This has been a challenge for all companies and some have met the challenge better than others have.  BRAAS has invested heavily in people to bring the highest level of product knowledge to the point of sale in the industry.  Beyond that, we have added products specialists where they can help our field sales staff continue to learn as much as practical.


For many years, we have collaborated with arguably the world leader in Conveyors:  Dorner Mfg. They have by far the broadest experience and breadth of product offering.  



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Fabric Belt Conveyor Troubleshooting

By BRAAS on Thursday Oct 25, 2018 at 11:21AM in Conveyance


Fabric conveyor

Belt tracks to one side or off frame
  • Typical wear and stretching. Make tracking adjustments to re-center belt.
  • Product entering from side. Add side guides if possible.
  • Off-centered load. Try to have load centered if possible.
  • Accessory interference forcing belt to one side. Check that nothing contacts belt.
  • Product/debris build-up on pulley, under belt or on return rollers. Remove debris.



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Modular Belt Conveyor Troubleshooting

By BRAAS on Monday Oct 15, 2018 at 11:23AM in Conveyance


Modular conveyor

Belt skips / loses engagement with drive sprockets
  • Sprockets are worn. Inspect sprockets for tooth wear and replace as needed.
  • Typical wear and stretching of chain. Replace chain.
  • Excessive load on conveyor. Check actual load against conveyor’s limit and inspect for anything contacting belt.
  • Debris impacted in sprockets or in belt links. Clean.
  • Belt is being reversed. Modular belts can not be run in reverse direction.
  • Excessive catenary sag effects sprocket engagement. Remove needed links.
  • Belt not installed in proper orientation.



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